This peanut planting season, taking the necessary precautions against invasive species is a must. According to the University of Georgia Extension, growers should pay special attention to emerging seedlings as the next few weeks are regarded as a high-risk period for thrips.
During the early stages of growth, plants are especially susceptible to the damaging effects of thrips. This can lead to a potential yield loss and opens the door to other viruses and diseases. In an attempt to manage these pests early, start with monitoring and scouting fields regularly. A thrips infestation will cause leaves to become distorted and covered in course stippling, and can cause them to also turn brown and die.
In an effort to combat the effects of these tiny insects, remember to give plants adequate room to avoid overcrowding and provide proper irrigation and fertilization. To get ahead of the problem, Syngenta recommends treating peanut seed with CruiserMaxx® Peanuts insecticide/fungicide seed treatment, which offers growers more robust and vigorous crops and protection against chewing and sucking insects.
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