Proper Sanitation Remains Key Management Tactic Against Whiteflies | VSCNews

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists continue to emphasize proper sanitation to producers amid the worst whitefly outbreak in Georgia since 2017.

“Whiteflies cause feeding injury issues in vegetables and transmit two new viruses: cucurbit leaf crumple virus and cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus.”

“One of the best management tactics for vegetable growers when dealing with whitefly infestations is to get rid of any plants left in the field once harvest season is done.”

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A yellow squash plant is infected with whitefly-transmitted cucurbit leaf crumple virus. Discolored fruits are typical following infection with this virus. Image by VSCNews.