UGA Blueberry Blog

Monitoring and Management of Blueberry Gall Midge

Ash Sial1 and James Jacobs2, 1Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, 2UGA Extension, Pierce County   The reports of blueberry gall midge infestations in Georgia blueberries have become more common over the last couple of years. Although blueberry gall midge has historically been referred to as a rabbiteye problem, recently…
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Field Scouting Finds

Spider Mite Damage, more intense Photo credit: James Jacobs, Pierce County Ag Agent Earlier symptoms of spider mite damage Photo credit: Renee Allen, Area Blueberry Agent Recently, this damage has been spotted in highbush fields. The leaves will have this finely speckled brown discoloration.  Usually the presence of spider mites…
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Blueberry Integrated Pest Management Field Day, Tuesday, April 5th

Blueberry IPM   Field Day Tuesday, April 5th 9:30AM -11:00AM Location: Chambers Brothers Blueberry Farm 2270 Fire Tower Road Homerville, GA 31634 Hands-On Scouting & Pest Reminders: Spotted Wing Drosophila & Insects —Dr. Ash Sial, Blueberry Entomologist Fruit Rots & Post-harvest Diseases —Renée Allen, Area Blueberry Agent Tank-mixing & Pesticide Safety…
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Monitoring and Management of Thrips in Blueberries

Flower thrips are chronic pests of both southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberries in the southeastern United States. Thrips are minute (1 to 1.3 mm long) insects with slender body and usually yellowish to orange in color. Adults have long thin wings fringed with fine hairs (Figure 1). Females are generally…
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Monitoring and Management of Blueberry Gall Midge

The reports of blueberry gall midge infestations in Georgia blueberries have become more common over the last couple of years. Blueberry gall midge, Dasineura oxycoccana (Johnson) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) was first identified as a pest of rabbiteye blueberries in the southeastern United States in early 1990s. Since then, gall midge has…
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Monitoring and Management of Blueberry Gall Midge

We have received several reports of blueberry gall midge infestations over the past few weeks. Blueberry gall midge, Dasineura oxycoccana (Johnson) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) was first identified as a pest of rabbiteye blueberries in the southeastern United States in early 1990s. Since then, gall midge has been confirmed as a pest…
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Management of Ground Pearls in Blueberries

A grower recently complained about his blueberry bushes being less vigorous with weak root system. After examining the root system, we discovered that the roots were infested with numerous small, yellowish-brown round cysts which were identified as ground pearls. Ground pearls, Margarodes spp. (Hemiptera: Margarodidae), are subterrestrial insects closely related…
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2014 SWD Impact Assessment Survey

As spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has become established throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, it has become increasingly important to understand the impacts this pest has had in different crops and regions. We have conducted grower-focused impact assessments for the last two years and this information has been used to…
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