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Tobacco insect scouting report, September 5, 2014 popular

We are at week nineteen of scouting, and harvesting is happening at all locations. The Piedmont site continued with harvesting this week and the Eastern 3 & 4 locations have completed harvesting this week. Since harvesting is completed MORE »

Tobacco from our Piedmont site has grown noticeably over the past few weeks.

Tobacco insect scouting report. August 29, 2014 popular

We are at week eighteen of scouting.  Two of our eastern sites are almost done with harvesting, while harvesting continues at our other locations. None of our grower plots have hornworms or flea beetles MORE »

Tobacco insect scouting report. August 22, 2014 popular

It is week seventeen with our scouting reports, and not much change can be seen. There are still a few flea beetles, but well under threshold amounts. Hornworm pressure seems to be declining, MORE »

Red morphs of the green peach aphid on tobacco flower. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Aphids in (mostly organic) tobacco

Several questions on have come in the during the past week about aphids on tobacco.  In most cases, these questions were related to management in organic tobacco, where aphids are the most difficult MORE » – from   Entomology

Tobacco insect scouting report. August 4, 2014

It is week fourteen of our weekly scouting program, and numbers remain low. Flea beetle numbers have increased somewhat but are still low enough to not cause any substantial damage. We have observed a MORE »

Tobacco insect scouting report. July 17, 2014

It is now week twelve for our weekly scouting report and pest pressure is lower compared to the past few weeks. Due to topping at most sites, tobacco budworm populations are down, and hornworms MORE »

Larger plants present this week. Photo: Cameron McLamb

Tobacco insect scouting report. July 3, 2014

We are in our tenth week of scouting, and tobacco budworms are still active at most sites. Although, fewer sites exceed thresholds. Some fields are starting to flower, and these flowers are particularly attractive MORE »

Tobacco budworm larvae of varying sizes. Photo: Hannah Burrack

What’s up with all these budworms?

We exceed tobacco budworm thresholds at several of our scouting locations last week, which was also the case for a number of growers.  This week, however, scouting at some of these same locations has MORE » – from   Entomology

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Tobacco insect scouting report. June 12, 2014

It is our seventh week of scouting at our IPM and grower standard fields. The tobacco plants are looking healthy, given substantial sunshine and rain over the past week. Budworms have started showing up MORE »

A healthy plant from one of our piedmont locations. Photo: Cameron McLamb

Tobacco insect scouting report. May 30, 2014

Our weekly scouting, now in week five, has shown a slight increase in flea beetle activity, but still well below the threshold amounts required to begin treatment. After reports of budworms in some MORE »

Thrips on tobacco leaf. Photo via Danny Pierce, NC crop consultant.

Questions about thrips in tobacco

This week growers, agents, and consultants have noticed unusually large numbers of thrips on tobacco. This is no surprise to cotton growers, who have been asking about thrips for a few weeks. Agent MORE »

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Tobacco insect scouting report. May 16, 2014

It is week three monitoring the Integrated Pest Management fields and the grower standard fields in our Eastern and Piedmont locations. Heavy rainfall left most fields in muddy conditions, but overall plant health MORE »