In this Issue:
  • Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops
  • Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle
  • Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys
  • 2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights
  • Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle
  • The Peanut Burrower Bug – an Emerging Pest in Peanuts
  • 2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course – March 2
  • Citrus Health Forum – February 23
  • APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog
  • Tri-State Cucurbit Meeting – January 19
  • Insects

    Oriental Bean Thrips: A Potential Threat to Florida Bean Crops

    Joe Funderburk, NFREC-UF/IFAS, Professor of Entomology

    Megalurothrips is an Old World genus of thrips associated with the flowers of legumes (Fabaceae), with one species in Africa and twelve species in Asia. The Oriental bean thrips, Megalurothrips distalis, was first collected in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee in 2008. This is a large …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/oriental-bean-thrips-a-potential-threat-to-florida-bean-crops/

    Field Report: Sick Oats in the Panhandle

    Ethan Carter, Crop IPM Regional Agent and Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder

    Crop aftershocks related to last week’s weather conditions (cold, overcast, and wet) were felt this week across in the Florida Panhandle. Growers reported a variety of symptoms in their oat fields, ranging from what appeared to be viral discoloration, fungal diseases, and cold damage. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/field-report-sick-oats-in-the-panhandle/

    Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

    In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/quarantine-lifted-screwworms-eradicated-from-florida-keys/

    2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights

    The annual Panhandle Row Crop Short Course was hosted by Jackson County Extension on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Extension Specialists from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama spoke to attendees providing production recommendations and various management tips for row crops farmers. Continuing education units (CEUs) were offered at the event for those with a restricted use pesticide license (Florida, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/2017-panhandle-row-crop-short-course-presentations-and-highlights/

    Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle

    F. Iriarte, X. Martini, M. Paret, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Quincy, and E. Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin Co. Extension

    Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Yellow Shoot or Citrus Greening is a devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease is caused by a bacteria named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This bacterium is transmitted …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/disease-alert-citrus-greening-and-asian-citrus-psyllids-found-in-the-panhandle/

    The Peanut Burrower Bug – an Emerging Pest in Peanuts

    Xavier Martini, David Wright, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    Burrower bugs are small Heteroptera insects with piercing/sucking mouthparts (Figure 1). There are six different species of burrower bugs that have been found to feed on peanuts. Among them, three are found in Georgia and Florida, but most of the damage has been …

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    2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course – March 2

    Farmers from across the Florida Panhandle, as well as southern Alabama and Georgia are invited to attend the 2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course to be held on Thursday, March 2nd. The meeting will be hosted by Jackson County Extension at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Penn Ave., Marianna, FL. Registration and the …

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    Citrus Health Forum – February 23

    Florida citrus growers are welcomed to attend the 2017 Citrus Health Forum, February 23rd at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL.

    With the continuous development of cold-hardy citrus varieties, and improvement in freeze protection, there has been a significant growth in North Florida citrus in recent years. During the last decade, satsuma …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/27/citrus-health-forum-february-23/

    APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog

    Source:  USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 01/09/2017

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. The dog was isolated and his infested wounds were treated. Federal and state officials …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/aphis-confirms-new-world-screwworm-in-dade-county-dog/

    Tri-State Cucurbit Meeting – January 19

     

    The 2017 Tri-State Cucurbit Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19, at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, Florida.

    Registration opens at 7:30 AM (Central Time) and the event will end with a sponsored lunch. This meeting will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, cantaloupe, …

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