Thrips Flight and TSWV Risk Assessment Report – May 18, 2018

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This is the twelfth thrips flight and TSWV risk assessment report. Read about why we are posting these reports and more in our first reportRead more about tobacco thrips biology and TSWV transmission.

Third generation thrips flights are now predicted to occur at all of our report sites. At some of these, the flight has begin, and therefore, no additional preventative treatments can be made. At sites where the third generation thrips flight is still more than three days away, growers may see a benefit from additional management action. Growers are reminded to use the most recent information available to make management decisionsThe predictions presented below will improve as we get closer to predicted thrips flight dates. The information presented here is intended to supplement, but not replace, farm-specific predictions.

One of our extension agents pointed out that ZIP codes were not generating reports at some locations. If an address or ZIP code does produces an error message at the Tobacco Thrips and TSWV Risk Forecasting Tool, please use the map to select your location instead. Using the map has not produced error messages.

Kenly is a relatively low TSWV risk site, situated within large acreage production areas in Johnston and Wilson Counties. As of today, TSWV infection risk in Kenly is about the same as in a typical year. The third generation tobacco thrips flight typically transmits the most TSWV. At this time last year, we were 113% of the way to the third generation thrips flight, and this year, we are 92% of the way to the third generation thrips flight.This means that the population is maturing slower in 2018 than in 2017. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 10. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur on May 23. Because TSWV infection is predicted to be similar to a typical year and Kenly is a lower risk location, additional treatments against TSWV are not recommended for this location. Growers who are interested in making additional treatments against TSWV should consult their local extension agent for recommendations or contact Hannah.

Beulaville is a higher TSWV risk site in Duplin County. As of today, TSWV infection risk in Beulaville is lower than in a typical year. The third generation tobacco thrips flight typically transmits the most TSWV. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 4. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur today, May 18Treatments effective at reducing TSWV infection in tobacco must be applied before predicted thrips flights, so additional treatments against TSWV are not recommended for this location at this time.

Kinston is a moderate TSWV risk site in Lenior County and also houses the NCDA & CS Cunningham Research Station where we conduct tobacco research. As of today, TSWV infection risk in Kinston is slightly lower than in a typical year. At this time last year, we were 116% of the way to the third generation thrips flight, and this year, we are 98% of the way to the third generation thrips flight. This means that the population is maturing slower in 2018 than in 2017. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 5. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur on May 20Because TSWV infection is predicted to be lower than a typical year and Kinston is a lower risk location, additional treatments against TSWV are not recommended for this location. Growers who are interested in making additional treatments against TSWV should consult their location extension agent for recommendations or contact Hannah.

New Bern is a higher TSWV risk site. As of today, TSWV infection risk in New Bern is lower than in a typical year. At this time last year, we were 123% of the way to the third generation thrips flight, and this year, we are 99% of the way to the third generation thrips flight. This means that the population is maturing slower in 2018 than in 2017. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 5. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur on May 19. Treatments effective at reducing TSWV infection in tobacco must be applied about three days before predicted thrips flights, so additional treatments against TSWV are not recommended for this location at this time.

Windsor is a higher TSWV risk site. As of today, TSWV infection risk in Windsor is lower than in a typical year. At this time last year, we were 98% of the way to the third generation thrips flight, and this year, we are 85% of the way to the third generation thrips flight. This means that the population is maturing slower in 2018 than in 2017. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 19. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur on May 28. Growers near Windsor who typically have high TSWV infection rates who have tranplanted 10 days or less before May 28 should consider using Actigard as a greenhouse float water treatment. Growers who have already transplanted tobacco should consider making a foliar application of Actigard 3 days before May 28.

Whiteville is a moderate TSWV risk site in Columbus County and also houses the NCDA & CS Border Belt Tobacco Research Station where we conduct tobacco research. As of today, TSWV infection risk in Whiteville is about the same as in a typical year. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 2. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur today, May 17. Treatments effective at reducing TSWV infection in tobacco must be applied before predicted thrips flights, so additional treatments against TSWV are not recommended for this location at this time.

Clinton is a higher TSWV risk site in Sampson County. As of today, TSWV infection risk in Clinton is less than in a typical year. Last year the third generation thrips flight occurred on May 3. This year, the third generation tobacco thrips flight (the generation that typically transmits the most TSWV) is expected to occur today, May 16. Treatments effective at reducing TSWV infection in tobacco must be applied before predicted thrips flights, so additional treatments against TSWV are not recommended for this location at this time. The forth generation thrips flight, which can also contribute to some TSWV transmission is predicted to occur on June 2. Tobacco plants transplanted more than 5 weeks prior to June 2 are at lower risk of TSWV infection and likely do not require additional treatment.

In order to get the most accurate risk assessment, we recommend you enter your own farm data into the TSWV and Tobacco Thrips Risk Forecasting Tool. The following information is needed:

1. Field location (address, coordinates, nearest ZIP code, or selected from a map)

2. TSWV infection percentage in a typical year at this location

In addition, you can provide the following optional information which will improve recommendations:

3. Anticipated planting date

4. Greenhouse applications of imidacloprid and/or Actigard

More Information

Tobacco thrips – Tobacco Growers Information