In this Issue:
  • Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season
  • Why is Nematode Damage Patchy in Crop Fields? How Does this Affect Management Decisions?
  • Peanut Nodule Analysis to Assess Crop Health
  • Diagnosing the Cause of Yellowing Peanut Fields
  • New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops
  • On the Lookout for Peanut Diseases
  • Beneficial Parasitic Wasps in Peanuts
  • Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works
  • Rain Keeping You from Applying Gypsum to Your Peanuts this Year?
  • Control Options for Thrips in Peanuts and Cotton
  • Peanut

    Crop Nematode Damage a Serious Issue this Season

    After back to back mild winters, the 2017 growing season has been a banner year for pests. Prolonged cold weather normally diminishes pest populations, but this year pests of all types survived winter with populations that have increased dramatically.

    Most of the growing season, whiteflies were the major concern across fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/crop-nematode-damage-a-serious-issue-this-season/

    Why is Nematode Damage Patchy in Crop Fields? How Does this Affect Management Decisions?

    I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of grower fields this summer to assess potential nematode damage and I’ve often been asked this question: “Why is nematode damage worse in one section of a field than another, or worse in one field than another one nearby? ” This question reflects the fact that nematode …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/why-is-nematode-damage-patchy-in-crop-fields-how-does-this-affect-management-decisions/

    Peanut Nodule Analysis to Assess Crop Health

    David Hensley and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

    One of the primary benefits of growing legumes like peanut is their ability to convert nitrogen in the atmosphere to a form that is available for use throughout the plant. They do this by forming a symbiosis (a mutual “partnership”) with bacteria known as Rhizobia. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/peanut-nodule-analysis-to-assess-crop-health/

    Diagnosing the Cause of Yellowing Peanut Fields

    It happens every year. You cruise peanut fields and see spots of yellowing in a field.  The million dollar question is, “What is causing this yellowing?”  Unfortunately, there are many answers to this question. Problems that cause yellowing in peanuts can Include:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/diagnosing-the-cause-of-yellowing-in-peanut-fields/

    New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops

    Silvana Paula-Moraes began working in the fall of 2016 at the  UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) based in Jay, Florida. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Moraes completed her PhD in Nebraska.  Her research has been dedicated to address several aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Insect Resistance Management (IRM) for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/new-ufifas-entomologist-is-surveying-insect-pests-in-panhandle-row-crops/

    On the Lookout for Peanut Diseases

    The rainy June and July have been both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing because the crops have not suffered for lack of water and a curse for peanut because wet fields prevented or delayed fungicide application and because it provides ideal conditions for fungal diseases to develop.

    This is especially true for leaf …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/on-the-lookout-for-peanut-diseases/

    Beneficial Parasitic Wasps in Peanuts

    Insect management tends to focus on pests that cause damage and reduce yields, but one aspect of integrated pest management (IPM) includes the knowledge of beneficial insects that naturally control those pests.  In peanuts, there are several different beneficial parasitoids that can be found preying on pest insects in the southern U.S.  A parasitoid is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/beneficial-parasitic-wasps-in-peanuts/

    Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.   They have launched  a campaign called The Peanut Program Works to provide support for the Price Loss Coverage or PLC Program implemented with the 2014 Farm Bill, as lawmakers begin to discuss the next Farm Bill.  This video features …

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    Rain Keeping You from Applying Gypsum to Your Peanuts this Year?

    Area farmers have had numerous challenges to deal with already in this growing season.  With so much rain over the past two weeks, many farmers have had their production schedule wrecked.  Questions have been coming in about a wide range of crop issues, because wet fields have delayed management practices.  One that has been repeated …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/rain-keeping-you-from-applying-gypsum-to-your-peanuts-this-year/

    Control Options for Thrips in Peanuts and Cotton

    Planting season is well under way, with some producers nearing completion of peanut, and cotton planting. Annually, thrips are problematic in early panted cotton and peanut. It will be important to keep an eye on thrips populations as seedlings emerge, and the weeks that follow to decide if an insecticide application is warranted. During the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/control-options-for-thirps-in-peanuts-and-cotton/

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