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Tips to prevent ticks

In University of Georgia’s Landscape Alert

Ticks are in every part of Georgia. The most common ticks in Georgia are lone star ticks, carriers of uncommon diseases called “ehrlichiosis.” However, the American dog tick is also present in the state, and it is known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever—a flu-like illness that can cause complications for young children and those with suppressed immune systems.

The best course of action to prevent disease is to avoid tick bites altogether, said Nancy Hinkle, a UGA Extension veterinary entomologist.

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Invasive sugarcane aphid found in Georgia

In Southeast Farm Press

by Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia Extension

In summer 2014, this new invasive pest of grain sorghum appeared in Georgia. We knew the sugarcane aphid would be back this season, probably earlier, and it has. The first documented 2015 appearance of sugarcane aphid on sorghum was identified this past week in Brooks County and now Thomas County.

Yesterday, I checked waist-high sorghum and found aphids and cast skins on a few plants. You can see the white cast skins on the leaf. The aphids are black, which is likely from a parasitic wasp. UGA Extension Entomologist Dr. David Buntin says Aphelinus sp. wasp is reported in the Delta and Texas region but was not seen here last year. We mailed the leaves to him to observe for this wasp. Wasps have hatched from some aphids that appear more brown. You can also see an exit hole.

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Keep a watch out for foliar diseases this summer

In Delta Farm Press

A wet planting season pushed some growers to get soybeans and other crops in the ground.

And if excessive rainfall continues, farmers should be prepared for the threat of more mid- and late-summer disease pressure, says a University of Arkansas Extension plant pathologist.

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Experts recommend ways to deal with spotted wing drosophila

In Growing Produce

It’s just a fruit fly, for crying out loud. As kids we’d see their like hovering over the family fruit bowl and shoo them away without a thought. But spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is so much more than that.

Though small like their nonthreatening drosophila relatives — adults are only about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long — it’s the black spot towards the tip of each male’s wing, which earns them the spotted wing moniker.

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