A blog from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at University of Georgia.
Ash Sial Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens GA, 30602. The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD…Read More
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…Read More
We had significant anthracnose fruit rot issues in some fields last year, and we now have confirmed reports of anthracnose on ‘Farthing’, with unconfirmed reports on other varieties. Symptoms appeared very early – even on green fruit, which is unusual. The expectation is that the fruit will turn blue before…Read More
We have received numerous field reports of early (late March) blueberry rust in 2016, likely as a result of a milder than average winter and the recent heavy rainfall observed in many blueberry production areas. It is a good time to start scouting for rust if you have not already…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Dr. Harald Scherm ran the mummy berry model today, and it indicates that we are currently in a DANGER period for mummy berry disease initiation. Harald stated that the temperature-driven model indicated that apothecium (spore-forming structure that develops from overwintered mummies on the ground and in debris) emergence should be well underway…Read More
By: Scott NeSmith Dept. of Horticulture 1109 Experiment Street Griffin, GA 30223 Old man winter has been slow to visit the Southeast this season, and we desperately need winter cold to stimulate suitable bloom and leaf bud development of blueberries in the upcoming spring. While many of our friends to…Read More
Due to testing conducted at the blueberry research farm (Alma, GA) by Renee Holland (multi-county blueberry agent) in collaboration with Phil Brannen, BASF has now approved application of Pristine + Captan in a tank mix. Testing of the tank mix combination was conducted on multiple rabbiteye and southern highbush cultivars,…Read More
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