The Peanut Entomology Program at UGA coordinated by Dr. Mark Abney is currently monitoring tobacco thrips dispersal activity at six locations in south Georgia. Traps are located in Tift, Worth, Mitchell, Decatur, Brooks, and Colquitt counties; there are four traps at each county location. Tobacco thrips is the most common thrips species infesting both peanut and cotton in Georgia.
The purpose of this monitoring activity is to provide County Agents and peanut growers with real time information about thrips movement. Traps are collected on Wednesday of each week, and data should be posted on the following Thursday on the UGA Peanut Entomology Blog site http://blog.extension.uga.edu/peanutent/ . These data are being provided for informational puposes only and may not be representative of thrips dispersal at your location. Fields should be scouted regularly to quantify actual thrips populations and damage.