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Basics of Integrated Pest Management

This article provides basic information about the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards as they apply to integrated pest management on organic crops. NOP standards reflect specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accred…

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Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama: Aphids

*This is an excerpt from Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama, ANR-0990.

Aphids have not been an economic problem on peanuts in recent years. These soft-bodied insects are often called “plant lice” and feed by sucking the juices from…

Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama: Spider Mites

*This is an excerpt from Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama, ANR-0990.

The predominate spider mite found on Alabama peanuts is the two-spotted mite. These tiny, insect-related pests feed primarily by sucking plant juices from the under…

Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama: Leafhoppers

*This is an excerpt from Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama, ANR-0990.

Several different leafhoppers are found in peanuts. The most common is a small, green insect about 1/8 inch long. There are larger species that are brown or even mu…

Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama: Thrips

*This is an excerpt from Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama, ANR-0990.

Four species of thrips have been found to occur commonly on peanuts in Alabama. Tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca (Hinds), is the most abundant. The adults are ti…

Sucking Pests of Peanuts in Alabama

In Alabama, the insect and mite pests that feed on peanuts by sucking their plant juices are thrips, aphids, leafhoppers, three cornered alfalfa hoppers, and spider mites. Except for thrips, damage to peanuts from these pests is sporadic. E…

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Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Yellow-Margined Leaf Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Adult beetles are 5 mm long and dark brown with a yellow wing margin; eggs are bright orange, oval shaped, and laid in masses; caterpillars are dar…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Harlequin Bug

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Brightly colored bugs with piercing-sucking mouthparts (orange, red, and yellow patterns on adults); eggs are barrel-shaped with black bands on top…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Flea Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Small insects that jump readily using muscles in their hind legs; hind legs appear swollen.
Plant Injury
Common in spring on seedlings; shot-hole…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Diamondback Moth

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Pale green or translucent caterpillars about 7–8 mm long; abdomen is tapered with anal prolegs (forked appearance); caterpillars wiggle rapidly w…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cross-Stripped Cabbageworm

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Very common in open field and high tunnel crops; late instar caterpillars have grayish blue body with numerous black transverse stripes; stout body…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cabbage Webworm

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Yellowish gray caterpillars about 15 mm long; five brown longitudinal stripes on dorsal surface; has distinct body hair.
Plant Injury
Minor pest …

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cabbage Looper

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Green caterpillar with several fine longitudinal stripes; head is slightly tapered with broad abdomen; three pairs of green thoracic legs; larvae m…