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Blueberry Pest Management Field Day tackles integrated approach to gall midge and spotted wing drosophila

By Cristina deRevere, University of Georgia

With spring approaching, blueberry farmers focus on maximizing their 2018 yields, which means finding new ways to deal with pests like gall midge and spotted wing drosophila.

To help these growers stay on top of potential pest problems, University of Georgia integrated pest management (IPM) researchers hosted a spring field day in Alma, Georgia, on Feb 21. Over 70 regional farmers from several southwestern Georgia counties, such as Bacon, Clinch, Appling and Pierce, attended the half-day event. Continue reading

3-D software shows growers where problems are in field

By Kenzie Kesselring, University of Georgia

University of Georgia scientist Glen Rains is combining 3-D images and robotics to help farmers identify crop problems before they become an issue that will affect potential yields.

“We can really detect the smallest changes in the field, and I think farmers will find this very useful,” said Rains, an agricultural engineer in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the UGA Tifton Campus. Continue reading