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Identification and Management of Blueberry Bud Mite

Written By: Dr. Ash Sial, Entomologist, University of Georgia Blueberry bud mite, Acalitus vaccinii (Keifer) is a tiny eriophyid mite. If abundant, bud mites can abort flower buds producing symptoms that resemble cold injury or poor fruit set. Blueberry bud mites are roughly 125th inch long, white to translucent in…
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Sustainable Management of Thrips in Small Fruit Production Systems – Grower Listening Session

Dr. Ash Sial, Blueberry Entomologist and UGA IPM Program Coordinator Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry growers throughout the southeast region and nationally are invited to attend an upcoming stakeholder listening session where they will be asked to share their experiences, concerns and needs with researchers regarding thrips management in their small…
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UGA releases parasitic wasp to control invasive fruit fly

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications Coordinator Experts/Sources: Cera Jones, Small Fruit Entomology Lab Manager and Corinne Stouthamer, Research Scientist, University of Georgia In a quiet field of abandoned blueberries and shrubby brush in south Georgia, Cera Jones released hundreds of tiny parasitic wasps into the thicket and watched them fly…
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UGA Southeast Research and Education Center to host Midville Field Day Aug. 10

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications Coordinator Expert/Source: Anthony Black, Southeast Research and Education Center Superintendent The University of Georgia Southeast Research and Education Center (SEREC) will host its annual field day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. The annual event is an open house tour of current…
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UGA Suggested Insecticide Regime for Spotted-Wing Drosophila (SWD) Control in Blueberries

Written by: Ash Sial, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is an invasive pest of soft skinned fruit in the United States and has been detected throughout the southeast. Infestations were observed in some blueberries. SWD damage is similar to blueberry maggot. Female flies lay their…
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Georgia Farmers Improve Sustainability One Metric at a Time

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert/Source: Kaylyn Groce Reagin, Cotton & Peanut Sustainability Extension Educator The muddy waters of what is ‘sustainable’ are clearing up with the implementation of a new calculator that gives agricultural producers a reliable method to quantify a farm’s sustainability. As consumers have become…
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Blueberry Insect IPM Under the Scope

Written by: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications Coordinator Expert/Source: Ash Sial, Blueberry Entomologist Blueberry growers got up close and personal last week at a special blueberry insect IPM learning session in Alma, Georgia. Over the past few years, a range of blueberry insects have battered the industry in the southeast, so…
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