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Pests of Plants


Pests affecting plants, like soil-borne diseases, insects, and fungi, are the central focus of Georgia's pest management efforts. Commercial producers contend with the thrips, aphids, moths, and other bugs that indiscriminately prey on their crops, while conditions like mycotoxin in corn and tomato spotted wilt virus cost farmers both cash and crops. As Georgia's producers deal with these challenges they spend from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the product and pest, every year. The state's well-known contest with the boll weevil demonstrates the potential scale of pest damage and thus the relative value of preventative measures. The beetle decimated Georgia's cotton industry from 1915 until a focused eradication program begun in 1987 eventually recovered yields.


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