Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Wormy Peas

Posted by romeethredge on March 10, 2014

I love southern peas: Pink eye purple hull or Blackeyed peas or Crowder peas, they are all good, but no one likes wormy peas. We have a real problem with the cowpea curculio which causes this.

We have a new UGA publication which discusses this pest. Here’s an excerpt from the publication.

“Southern pea or cowpea is a traditional crop
in Georgia that could be one of the most important legume crops in the
southeastern U.S. if not for serious yield loss caused by the insect known as
the cowpea curculio, Chalcodermus aeneus Boheman.

Damage caused by cowpea curculio in southern pea is two-fold. First, the adults feed on and lay
eggs in the pods; those eggs hatch into larvae that feed inside the pods. This
can significantly reduce green pod and shelled pea yield per acre. Secondly,
live larvae inside the harvested pods can contaminate and drastically reduce the
marketability of peas during processing.”


Click on this link to see the full publication. C 1038 – Cowpea Curculio in Southern Pea


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