Thrips Damage and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

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I’m getting a few questions about replanting or spot planting. This is difficult because stand loss can generally be very spotty. The number of plants per foot of row currently existing may be of little value in the decision. Whatever you do don’t remove any plants you already have. Try to drop right in and plant beside these. When you do plant you still need to get 4 plants per foot. Do not apply in-furrow insecticide. Peanuts should take off and grow and thrips should have lower numbers now. I would include inoculant. I have attached a few images of thrips damage.

We will meet on Monday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Lewiston. I think we can cover everything in 1.5 hours. I will plan to have lunch for everyone and the station folks.

I know many of you are presenting at APRES. I will be real honest…I can help some in terms of preparation but not as much as I (or you) would like…just a heads up.

thrips damage

Image 1. Thrips damage

Early season tomato spotted wilt

Image 2. Early season tomato spotted wilt virus.

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2012-025)