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Updated: September 16, 2021

IPM - Prevent, Identify, and Manage Plant Problems

How to ID, prevent, and manage plant problems in Maryland using IPM
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Updated: September 16, 2021

Grasshoppers in High Populations

This season keeps with the weird and unusual with reports of grasshoppers causing damage in many different vegetables.
Updated: September 9, 2021

IPM Vegetable and Fruit Scouting Tips

IpM Scouting Tips posted in the Fruit and Vegetable News.
Updated: September 3, 2021

Scout Sorghum for Key Insect Pests

Although sorghum faces relatively few pests compared to our other grain crops, it is not a “plant and forget” crop. Sorghum is often grown on marginal ground, in areas with greater deer pressure, dryland fields, and as a rotational component for managing weed and disease pressure. Sorghum is generally a minor component of a farming operation, and as such is easy to overlook during the season, especially now as other pests are requiring more attention and corn is nearing harvest. However, there are two significant insect pests that need to be scouted for to avoid potential losses and both are active right now on Delmarva. 
Figure 1. Corn earworm adult.
Updated: September 1, 2021

Stinkbug Damage Found in Tomato Fields

I have seen and have gotten reports of stinkbug damage in tomatoes over the past few days. Stinkbug feeding damage is called cloudy spot in tomato fruit (fig. 1). It occurs when the adult or immature stinkbug puts its needle- like mouth part into the fruit and removes material from a large number of cells.
Fig. 1 Stinkbug injury to grape tomatoes, white when tomato is green turning yellow as fruit ripens.
Updated: August 26, 2021

Vegetable and Fruit News-June 2021

Fruit and Vegetable News, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 10, 2021)
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Updated: August 26, 2021

Vegetable and Fruit News-May 2021

Fruit and Vegetable News, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 13, 2021)
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Updated: August 25, 2021

Boxwood: Growing and Diagnosing Common Problems

Diagnose, manage, and prevent common boxwood problems
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Updated: August 23, 2021

Insect Pests of Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Lace bug, black vine weevil, borers, caterpillars, leafminer, scale, and whitefly insects are the major insects on azaleas and rhododendrons.
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Updated: August 20, 2021

Corn Earworm Pheromone Trapping

Current corn earworm pheromone trap captures in Maryland and Delaware and pest management recommendations.
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