Biology, Ecology and Management of Insect Pests of Peanut in the Southeast US


Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.

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Southeast (GA, FL, AL)

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The overarching objective of this project is to provide Southeastern peanut producers with best management practices for insect pest management (1PM). Regular, systematic scouting for insects does not occur on a large proportion of peanut acres. This can result in losses to growers when: 1. insecticides are applied when pests are not at economic thresholds or 2. no action is taken when pests are at economic thresholds. There were three objectives of this study: 1) investigate the biology and management of three cornered alfalfa hopper in peanut (conducted at UGA); 2) Development of a light trapping protocol and establishment of a burrower bug monitoring network in Georgia (conducted at UGA); 3) Compare two pest management regimes, an I PM-based regime and a "low tolerance" spray based insect management program and evaluate peanut cultivar response to insect damage. Only objective 3 was evaluated in Alabama. 

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