Tobacco thrips numbers declined at five of our six trapping locations last week. This does not mean that thrips flights are over or that peanuts are safe from injury.
Thrips dispersal is still occurring, and seedling peanuts emerging over the next couple of weeks will be exposed to adult thrips and the risk of feeding injury and Tomato Spotted Wilt Disease. We will continue to provide weekly thrips dispersal updates throughout the planting season.
These data are being provided for informational purposes only and may not be representative of thrips dispersal at your location. Peanut fields should be scouted regularly to quantify actual thrips populations.
If you have questions about thrips or thrips management please contact your local county Extension agent.