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Question of the Week: Parasitic Wasp

Last week the question was:  Why is this tan colored aphid so much larger than the others? This aphid has been parasitized by a parasitic wasp.  These tiny wasps use their stinger, or ovipositor, to insert an egg inside the aphid’s … Continue reading

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Cotton Blooming

Our older cotton is blooming now and everything is looking good so far this year.  Its been hot this week, though we’ve had fairly regular rainfall, so our fields are growing well.  Some folks are putting out pix to slow … Continue reading

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Sugarcane Aphids Found in SC – 2017

For those growing grain sorghum, be aware that sugarcane aphids have recently been found in SC.  They are not known to overwinter in SC and travel North from Florida, Texas, and Louisiana each year. Sugarcane aphids can build up to … Continue reading

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ESO Peas Blooming

The warm weather has really made the ESO peas explode.  They are really blooming now and most have grown over a foot in the last couple of weeks. Its getting difficult to walk in the pea fields as they grow … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Virus

Last week the question was:  What is wrong with this pumpkin plant? These are symptoms of a virus.  It could be either papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, or zucchini yellow mosaic virus.  It’s difficult to distinguish the three without … Continue reading

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Oldest Cotton Blooming

We have blooms in our oldest cotton fields.  Our cotton has been growing well all season and our square retention has been excellent, but its getting a little dry now in spots and some leaves are starting to wilt.  Rain … Continue reading

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Cotton Aphids Showing Up

We have a pretty wide range of ages in our cotton with the oldest around 10-11 leaves.  Squaring should start in older fields before too long. Thrips are no longer an issue due to the size of the plants and … Continue reading

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Sugarcane Aphids Found in SC – 6/9/16

According to Clemson Entomologist Francis Reay-Jones, sugarcane aphids were found in Allendale County (6/9/16) on johnsongrass, in Calhoun County (6/10/16) on sorghum, and in Orangeburg County (6/10/16) on johnsongrass.  Dr. Reay-Jones says this is about the same time they showed … Continue reading

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New Invasive Aphid Found in SC

Additional comments from Dr. Reay-Jones:  “Not a whole lot is known right now about this species. It appears to prefer small grain crops and it can transmit barley yellow dwarf virus. The closest infestations reported are from Alabama. While it’s … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Syrphid Fly

Last week the question was:  What is this worm-like critter? This is a syrphid fly or hover fly larva.  They are great predators of aphids as larvae and as adults they feed on pollen and nectar and can be good … Continue reading

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