Weevil Overwintering on Jalapenos

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Brad Haire | Jan 29, 2019 | Southeast Farm Press

It was suspected but not scientifically confirmed: Were pepper weevils overwintering in Georgia and at what populations?

Dr. Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia Extension entomologist, spoke about the weevil during the morning session at the 2019 Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference in January. Sparks and Dr. David Riley, UGA research entomologist, have been looking into the weevil’s winter habits in the southern part of Georgia, where the pest caused considerable problems for pepper growers in 2017.

It is worth remembering that 2016 and 2017 winters in Georgia had few to no days of freezing temperatures, which enflamed some pest problems across much of the farm landscape, most notably major silverleaf whitefly infestations in vegetables and cotton.

In February 2018, Sparks and UGA Extension agents in Echols and Grady counties collected pepper pods in post-harvest fields, with the theory that the-left-behind peppers on the ground might be providing a link in the weevil’s reproductive cycle.

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