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University of Florida study helps farmers find best fields for sweet potatoes

Wireworms won’t dampen the spirits of Florida’s sweet potato growers, thanks to ongoing research by scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences.

Wireworms took center stage in Florida after some major sweet potato growers converted fields previously dedicated to grain crops to the sweet potato crop. Some acreage was initiated by a farm that had actually relocated to Florida after leaving California because of prolonged drought, hopeful to take advantage of Florida’s warm weather, abundant water resources and sandy soil. Continue reading

Mississippi manages sweet potato weevil with pheromone trapping

In Delta Farm Press

Mississippi’s trapping program for the sweet potato weevil got under way mid-July, about a week later than normal due to rain-delayed planting, says James Dale, branch director of the Plant Pest and Pesticide Divisions of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Bureau of Plant Industry.

The bureau conducts the pheromone trapping program for the pest to meet requirements for shipping Mississippi sweet potatoes to weevil-free states.

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