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.
Commercial and Professional Publications
- Reducing Aflatoxin in Corn During Harvest and Storage
- Turfgrass Pest Control Recommendations for Professionals
- Georgia Corn Diagnostic Guide
- University of Georgia Herbicide Programs for Tropical Spiderwort (Benghal Dayflower) Control in 2013 Cotton
- Stripe Rust (Yellow Rust) of Wheat
- Alternatives to Synthetic Herbicides for Weed Management in Container Nurseries
- Controlling Moss and Algae in Turf
- Insecticide Resistance Management for Diamondback Moth in Cole Crops
- Georgia Pest Management Handbook — Commercial Edition
- Blister Beetles in Georgia Alfalfa Hay
- Commercial Pecan Spray Guide
- How to Set Up a Post-Emergence Directed and Shielded Herbicide Sprayer for Cotton
- Turfgrass Diseases in Georgia: Identification and Control
- Cane Blight of Blackberry
- Orange Felt (Orange Cane Blotch) of Blackberry
- Novel Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue
- Mouse Ear of Pecan
- Fireblight: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
- Spanish Series: Tizón de Fuego de las Rosáceas: Síntomas, Causas y Tratamiento
- Georgia Pest Management Handbook—Home and Garden Edition
- Abiotic Injuries and Disorders of Turfgrasses in Georgia
- Spanish Series: Daños Abioticos y Anomalias de Céspedes en Georgia
- UGA Programs for Controlling Ryegrass and Wild Radish in 2016/2017 Wheat
- Identification and Control of Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) of Wheat in Georgia
- Bacterial Leaf Scorch of Blueberry
- Diagnostic Guide to Common Home Orchard Diseases
To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.
For the latest news about Extension, visit Georgia FACES. News you can use about Georgia family, agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences.
- High startup costs can be a barrier to pecan production
- UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity
- UGA Extension pesticide training fees, testing, credits to change in May
- Despite potential for disease, Georgia's grape industry is thriving
- Are deer eating your garden?
- Cages are best for armadillo control
- Warm winter temperatures spark fears of potential plant diseases
- Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia's largest black-eye pea fields
- Conservation Production Systems Training Conference slated for south Georgia Jan. 31-Feb. 2
- Leaf spot disease a major problem for Georgia peanut growers
- Forages Insect Management
Includes PDF resources on insects affecting forages.
- Impact Statements: Plant Disease
Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge & practices related to plant disease.
- Landscape Pest Management
Includes brief descriptions and identifying images for a variety of insect pests. Also includes brief summaries of recent research.
- Natural Enemies of Stink Bugs
Program investigates natural predators of stink bugs as alternatives to insecticide.
- Peanuts Pest Management
Detailed insecticide, pesticide and other pest management resources specific to peanuts.
- Pest Insect Control
Briefly summarizes pest management benefits of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).
- Plant diseases and drought
Briefly summarizes how drought can increase disease risk and reduce the effectiveness of crop pesticides.
- Sniffing Out Stink Bugs
News story describes program to research stink bug problem in cotton and the implications for other crops.
- Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
Describes the disease in detail for peanut, tobacco, and other vegetable crops. Includes resources for identifying thrips.
- Widely Prevalent Bacteria of the United States
Lists Georgia bacteria by scientific and common name.
- Widely Prevalent Fungi of the United States
Lists Georgia fungi by scientific and common name.
- Georgia Pest Control Association
Information for future and existing pest control professionals.
- Invasive Insects of Concern in Georgia
Catalogs invasive species by subject and scientific name and frequently includes descriptions and identifying images.
UGA Extension offers training within local communities on a wide array of topics. To see if there are training events in your area, please visit our calendar.