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Insect Control

Consider These Factors Before Treating For Stink Bugs

stink bug punctures

• By Dominic Reisig • Folks have been noting a fair bit of stink bugs in North Carolina cotton and earlier than normal this year. Below are tips for scouting and treating, including insecticide choice: Scouting Stink bugs don’t damage cotton until it has bolls on the plant. They prefer small bolls about 10-14 days old, so start scouting as ... Read More »

Weather, Prices, Other Factors Cloud California Cotton Outlook

nick serafin, california

• By Cecilia Parsons • California’s 2019 cotton crop will struggle this year as a result of late spring rains, shaky pricing and the loss of a key crop-protection material, according to farmers and marketers. Roger Isom, president of the California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association, said a farmer survey in mid-May indicated cotton was planted on 261,000 acres in ... Read More »

Mid-Season Management

bollworm

Rainfall has been frequent across most of the Bootheel, and as I write this, there are plenty of chances for rain in the future. Don’t be tempted to irrigate squaring cotton unless there is a substantial dry spell soon. However, starting the flowering period with adequate soil moisture is essential and should remain at adequate levels to ensure proper fruit ... Read More »

Tarnished Plant Bug Is Still The No. 1 Pest

Tim Roberts

• SPONSORED CONTENT • The cotton season in the Missouri Bootheel and West Tennessee got off to a rough start this year. We started planting at the normal time but got a lot of rain, and soil temperatures were a little cool. Although it has been a fight and we had to replant some acres, persistence paid off and we ... Read More »

Start Scouting As Plants Bugs, Stink Bugs Move Into Cotton Early

tarnished plant bug

The season’s early onset of drought-like conditions has several insects on the move early. Plant bugs and stink bugs are moving from their wild host plants into cotton earlier than farmers usually expect. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Ron Smith says the plant bug situation is not one producers are unfamiliar with, but earlier action will be required to keep ... Read More »

Threecornered Alfalfa Hoppers Damaging Young Cotton

Threecornered alfalfa hopper

• By Angus Catchot • I have had quite a few calls this year about threecornered alfalfa hoppers in cotton. There have been a few treatments on limited acres to date. In the past damage has usually been confined to field borders, but again this year it seems to be more widespread across whole fields in the areas where they ... Read More »