Category Archives: Question of the Week

Question of the Week: Pigweed

Last week the question was:  What are the weeds surrounding these young cotton plants? This was an easy one.  These is pigweed, Palmer amaranth to be more specific.  There is not a single farmer in SC that hasn’t fought pigweed. … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Turkey

Last week the question was:  What bird made this nest in the middle of a field? These are Eastern wild turkey eggs.  This pea field was a great spot to make a nest until it was harvested.  It had a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Poor Pollination

Last week the question was:  What is wrong with the three cucumbers on the right? These cucumbers are misshaped because of poor pollination.  Cucumbers need several hundred grains of pollen to be properly pollinated.  Pollen from male cucumber flowers is … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Braconid Wasp

Last week the question was:  What are the white things on this strawberry leaf? These are braconid wasp pupae.  Braconid wasps are beneficial insects that we love to see in our fields and gardens, though they are mostly so small … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Southern Stem Blight

Last week the question was:  What is this disease growing at the base of this tomato plant? This is a fungal disease called Southern stem blight (Sclerotium rolfsii).  This is the same pathogen that causes white mold in peanuts.  It … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Assassin Bug

Last week the question was:  What insect laid these eggs on this wheat head? These are the eggs of an assassin bug (F: Reduviidae).  There are lots of species of assassin bugs and they are excellent predators.  They have piercing/sucking mouthparts … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Glyphosate

Last week the question was:  What is happening to these tomato leaves? These leaves are turning yellow starting at the base of the petioles because they have been exposed to glyphosate.  Glyphosate is a great herbicide so long as it … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Syrphid Fly

Last week the question was:  What is happening at the base of this wheat leaf? There is a syrphid fly larva feeding on another fly.  Syrphid fly larvae are excellent predators, normally of aphids, and we like to see them … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Cedar Apple Rust

Last week the question was:  What is on this cedar tree? This is a cedar apple rust gall.  This is a type of fungi that requires two different hosts to complete it’s life cycle.  As the name suggests, it requires … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Freeze Damage

Last week the question was:  What happened to these strawberry blossoms? These blossoms were killed when the temperature got down to the low 20’s a couple weeks ago.  The grower didn’t have enough row covers to cover all their strawberries, … Continue reading

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