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Welcome to the UGA IPM Website

What is Integrated Pest Management? It is a science-based decision-making process that employs biological, mechanical, cultural, and chemical control methods is such a way as to minimize economic, environmental, and public health risks associated with pests and pest management practices.

Integrated Pest Management is rapidly becoming the standard for handling pest problems in agriculture and urban settings. Consumer concerns about pesticides and food safety are growing and placing increased pressure on land grant universities to provide growers with effective management strategies that minimize the impact of pesticides and fertilizers on food products and the environment. Additionally, homeowners demand safe, effective pest management strategies for use in their own homes and gardens.

This website provides information about the University of Georgia Integrated Pest Management program. Further, we look to provide updates on valuable pest management information for homeowners and commercial operations. Please check back often as we continue to build and update this site!



 

Our Handbook

The most recent edition of the Georgia Pest Management Handbook gives current information on selection, application, and safe use of pest control chemicals. The Handbook has recommendations for pest control on farms, around homes, urban areas, recreational areas, and other environments in which pests may occur. Cultural, biological, physical, and other types of control are recommended where appropriate. Commercial and Homeowner editions are available.

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Extension News
Timber Stands link Timber stand improvement method perfect for small-acreage landowners. By Michael Anthony Foster | Published: 1/15/2019
New Pecan Cultivar link Scab disease, which thrives in wet, humid conditions, can infect the nut in the early stages of development and cause the pecan to fall off. By Michael Anthony Foster, Clint Thompson | Published: 1/9/2019
Christmas Cactus link The secret to beautiful blooms on Christmas cacti is in how much light they get. By Michael Anthony Foster, Clint Thompson, Paul Pugliese | Published: 12/20/2018
New Onion Agent link Tyson will continue the onion research being conducted at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center. By Michael Anthony Foster, Clint Thompson, Paul Pugliese, Clint Thompson | Published: 12/26/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Jan 22 GrassMasters Part 1 - Monroe County The GrassMasters Program is seven part program that offers background information to forage and hay production newcomers, and new techniques and tips to seasoned farmers who want to try something new this spring. The course will focus on the forages proven best for middle Georgia and strategies for grazing, maintaining soil fertility and health, and managing pests. Members of the UGA Forage Team and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service staff members will teach all of the classes. Class one is "Introduction to Forages" The cost for all seven parts of GrassMasters is $25, and the course is open to anyone interested in improving his or her knowledge of pastureland health or forage and hay production. Seating is limited, so interested farmers and landowners are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Additional class dates: -January 24 -January 29 -January 31 -February 5 -February 7 -February 12 Forsyth, GA
  • Jan 24 GrassMasters Part 2 - Monroe County The GrassMasters Program is seven part program that offers background information to forage and hay production newcomers, and new techniques and tips to seasoned farmers who want to try something new this spring. The course will focus on the forages proven best for middle Georgia and strategies for grazing, maintaining soil fertility and health, and managing pests. Members of the UGA Forage Team and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service staff members will teach all of the classes. Class two is "Fertilization of Perennial Grass" The cost for all seven parts of GrassMasters is $25, and the course is open to anyone interested in improving his or her knowledge of pastureland health or forage and hay production. Seating is limited, so interested farmers and landowners are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Additional class dates: -January 29 -January 31 -February 5 -February 7 -February 12 Forsyth, GA
  • Jan 25 Peanut Production Meeting UGA Extension - Pierce County is holding a meeting on peanut production. Dr. Scott Monfort, UGA Extension Crop & Soil Scientist and Dr. Mark Abney, UGA Extension Entomologist will be the meeting speakers discussing last year's crop, 2019 management strategies and insect management. One hour of commercial and private pesticide credit will be offered. Blackshear,, GA
  • Jan 25 Laurens County Cotton Production Meeting The UGA Extension office in Laurens County will have a Cotton Production Meeting on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Cloverleaf Restaurant in East Dublin, Georgia from Noon to 2 p.m. Mark Freeman, East Georgia Extension Agronomist and Dr. Bob Kemerait, Extension Plant Pathologist will be the speakers. In addition, a representative from the Georgia Cotton Commission will give an update on the commission. Pesticide license recertification credits will be given for private and Category 21. There will be a sponsored meal. For more information about the meeting and to make a meal reservation, please call Sheila Wilcher at 478-272-2277. East Dublin, GA
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Blueberry Blog
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification, Monitoring, and Management in Georgia Blueberries Posted by Ash Sial on Apr 18, 2018 Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD spread rapidly across the United States. It was first found in Georgia...
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Peanut Blog
  • Insect Damage at Harvest Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 Very few things are as frustrating as delivering 5000+ pound per acre peanuts to the buying point and having them grade “Seg 2” because of insect injury, and when it happens there are usually a lot of questions. What caused it? Why did it happen? When did it happen? Could...
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Strawberry Blog
  • Strawberry Planting Season Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 Strawberries should be in the ground across Georgia so what is the next thing that growers need to look out for?  Pre-plant practices such as rotation, fumigation and fertilization all ensure our strawberry crop gets off to a good start.
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Cotton Blog
  • Deadline for MFP will be extended due to closure of FSA offices Posted by Amanda Smith on Jan 11, 2019 The original deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program was January 15, 2019; however, the deadline will be extended for the number of business days USDA FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends.
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Pecan Blog
  • Growers Must Adapt to An Evolving Pecan Industry Posted by Lenny Wells on Dec 11, 2018 This has been a year for a lot of sobering thought for Georgia pecan growers. We’ve had to deal with a lot. Trade wars, scab pressure, catastrophic storms, and perhaps most frustrating of all, depressed prices in the wake of losing half the state’s pecan crop. The storm is one...
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Peach Blog
  • 2019 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide Posted by Blaauw on Dec 17, 2018 I just wanted to let everyone know that the 2019 peach guides have been updated and are now available online: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201171_11.PDF The physical copies are at the printer as we speak and will be available early next year (so in a few weeks), but if you have any questions before then,...
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Turf/Ornamental Blog
  • Winter and early spring turfgrass disease foes Posted by Alfredo Martinez on Dec 31, 2018 Yellow Patch (Rhizoctonia cerealis). Sporadic infections of R. cerealis (yellow patch) have been observed in ryegrass over-seeded bermudagrass turf swards and sport fields. The disease is rare in the state, but it thrives in extended periods of wet, cloudy weather. It is a cool-temperature disease (50 to 65°F). Disease development...
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