Peanut Pest Control
Effective disease management is essential to sustain production of high-yields, high-grade peanut crops. Since 2016, Arkansas has planted more than 20,000 acres of peanuts. Currently, only the runner-type peanut is grown in the state. Continued production will promote the increase of soilborne and foliar diseases. Nationwide 40% of pesticides sprayed on peanuts are for management of foliar and soilborne diseases. Currently (2020), southern blight and late leaf spot are the most common yield-limiting soilborne and foliar disease in the state. While Sclerotinia blight, Verticillium wilt, and Tomato Spotted wilt virus can be found somewhere each year, they are not widespread or as frequently observed in peanut fields.
Wilted Peanut Plant Stems Infected with Sothern Blight
Tomato Spotted Wilted Virus on peanut plant leaves