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Dead and parasitized hornworm. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, August 21 2015 popular

With harvesting well underway, we are now able to observe how insects distribute themselves on the remaining foliage in the final weeks. Hornworms and budworms have a preference for younger leaves and as such will MORE »

Flea Beetles. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, August 14 2015 popular

We are seeing more flea beetle feeding at sites with the lowest leaves still present on plants and consistently seeing beetles at all sites. The image above shows one example of how flea beetle damage MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, August 7 2015 popular

We are seeing a slight increase in flea beetles at some sites, but population sizes remain well below threshold levels. The image above shows flea beetle and holes caused by their feeding which MORE »

Hornworm egg. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, July 17 2015

This past week we were out scouting after the large storm passed through the Eastern part of the state. We made almost no pest observations that day, which is likely due to the severe weather MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, July 10 2015

Budworm populations have surpassed threshold at all IPM sites to date, and all but one field has been treated. It is unlikely that tobacco budworms will require treatment post topping, but we will continue MORE »

Calcium Deficiency in Wilson County. Photo courtesy of Norman Harrell

Calcium Deficiency

Over the past week or so we’ve received a number of phone calls, emails, and text messages asking about irregular/abnormal leaf growth and bud development.  It’s safe to say that nearly all of MORE »

This hornworm was parasitized by braconid wasps.  Although the white bodies look like “eggs”,  they are actually tiny wasp cocoons. Photo: Demetri Tsiolkas

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 26 2015

We are seeing different population densities of both hornworms and budworms across all sites as a result of chemical treatment, plant age/size, and regional differences. Typically you would see hornworms later in the season and MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 19 2015

Plants at sites throughout the state are reaching the button stage where the plant begins to produce unopened flowers at the bud, and some plants are already in bloom. Treating for budworms is not recommended MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 12 2015

In the photo above you have several indications that a caterpillar pest is present, whether you can immediately find the pest or not. If a budworm is present on a plant, you will not only MORE »

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 5, 2015

The week-long rain and cloudy weather may have impacted insect populations this week. However, we are starting to see both budworms and hornworms in several places. Some sites still have very little signs of damage, but towards MORE »

Burrower Bug. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 29 2015

This is the fourth week of scouting, and although flea beetle pressure remains low, we are seeing other insects, including thrips at all of our sites. Thrips are largely a pest because they vector MORE »

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 22 2015

Similar to previous weeks, we observed very little activity across all sites this week. Some stands appear to be showing signs of disease or phytotoxicity from treatments, but  plants are beginning to grow MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 8, 2015

Tobacco Transplants in the greenhouse We’ve begun scouting in some our sites for this field season! It’s warming up outside and we are excited to get back in the field and share our scouting reports from MORE »

2014 Upper Coastal Plain Station

Greenhouse Nutrition

There has been a lot of discussion about the do’s and don’ts of greenhouse fertility management. As we approach the greenhouse season, take a look at these publications from the Soil Science Department MORE »