Insects Associated With Vegetable Crops in Georgia
Approximately 180,000 acres of vegetables are grown in Georgia annually with a farm-gate value in 2003 of over $900 million. The estimated control costs and crop damage associated with vegetable insect and other arthropod pests averages about 3-9% of the farm-gate value over all vegetables, so insect management is critical to profitable vegetable production in the State. Insect management in vegetables is very dynamic in Georgia because of the diversity of crops, the 10°F average temperature difference between the north and south, and the multiple, overlapping growing seasons. The use of integrated pest management (IPM) is recommended, but this requires considerable information about the pests. The following information on insect biology and the type of damage by vegetable insects should assist vegetable pest managers in their efforts to economically reduce insect problems using a biologically based approach. Select the crop below to link to photos of insects that can be found on the crop and associated pest management information. Crop names below that are currently not hyperlinked do not have the associated web pages completed. These will be linked as soon as these pages are reviewed and finalized.