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Dry, Hot Climate Increases Whitefly Populations in Florida

July 28, 2017
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Warmer temperatures this past winter and spring, accompanied by the recent Florida droughts, created ideal conditions for whiteflies across the southeast. The hot, dry conditions this summer have left some vegetable growers with heavy pest pressure.

In regions where whiteflies have been identified or are known to invade, Minecto® Pro broad-spectrum, foliar insecticide offers growers another tool to help manage this pest. With two complementary modes of action, Minecto Pro will control multiple pest populations that overlap or occur at the same time.

When it comes to managing whiteflies in future crops, getting ahead of the population is key. Field hygiene is critical and should be integrated into an overall management program. Hygiene practices, such as crop destruction immediately following final harvest, will help manage existing populations. In addition, controlling weeds that attract whiteflies and act as potential hosts during the pre-plant period can help reduce infestation risk as well.

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