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Corn earworm, tobacco budworm management critical for North Carolina farmers

In Southeast Farm Press

By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

Because (North Carolina farmers) won’t be dealing with many kudzu bugs this season, we need to focus our efforts on the other pests that are around.  These include the corn earworm/tobacco budworm, stink bugs and defoliators (loopers, armyworms, etc.).

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It’s time to scout peanuts in Georgia

In Southeast Farm Press

by Mark Abney, University of Georgia entomologist

Spider mites have been reported on a number of crops including vegetables and cotton since this spring, and as conditions continue to be hot and dry in many locations, we are beginning to see populations jump in peanut.

The two spotted spider mite is a challenging pest to control. It thrives in hot, dry conditions where it completes development in as little as seven days at 81 F. Female mites can lay up to 100 eggs over several weeks, so it is easy to see how infestations can go from light to heavy in a very short period of time.

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Worms reported in early season North Carolina soybeans

In Southeast Farm Press

There are reports of worms in early season soybeans in North Carolina, but at this point density levels aren’t a concern, according to North Carolina Extension entomologist Dominic Reisig.

After sampling numerous fields, Reisig says there are spots where corn earworm and tobacco budworm are present. In a blog posting, Reisig explained that identification is the first step if worms are present in your soybeans.

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Mixed worm populations starting in Virginia and the Carolinas

By Ames Herbert, Virginia Extension Entomologist

In Southeast Farm Press

Mixed worm populations are reportedly increasing in both South Carolina and North Carolina peanut crops.

These populations include the corn earworm (may be some tobacco budworm also, but you cannot tell these species apart without some experience and good magnification of the mandibles/jaws), beet armyworm, and fall armyworm.

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Resistant earworms, budworms likely in North Carolina soybeans

In Southeast Farm Press

By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

I received several calls earlier this week concerning the corn earworm in our North Carolina soybean crop.

These reports were unusual for at least one reason. Earworms seem widespread geographically, but are spotty from field to field.

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In Alabama, weeds outweigh insect problems

In Southeast Farm Press

From an insect pest standpoint, these could be viewed as the best of times for Alabama cotton producers, says Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension entomologist.

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