Horticulture Professor Explains Impact of White Flies

White Flies
Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 15:35:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--White flies are a big concern this fall for some growers in our area.

Josh Freeman, associate professor of horticulture at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, says if you live in Tallahassee and you have landscape plants then you've seen the flies.

He says there's been a tremendous outbreak of them that started the second week of August.

It's been an issue for fall crops like tomatoes, squash, zucchini and watermelons.

"It's reduced the productivity they've had to do more to manage," said Freeman. "Without management, it would be a crop failure they've had to put more product into managing it. It goes back to increasing their bottom line just to make up for that. I think some farmers are going to struggle this year because of having to deal with such a white fly problem."

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