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It’s big, but it’s not a ‘murder hornet’

cicada killer wasp

Texas A&M AgriLife experts say Texans mistakenly identifying cicada killer wasps as Asian giant hornets. • By Kay Ledbetter • Since the release of information about Asian giant hornets, Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists are being inundated with cicada killers and other lookalike insects submitted for identification as a possible “murder hornet,” which thus far has only been found in Washington ... Read More »

California OKs new BASF insecticide

sefina insecticide logo

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation recently registered Sefina Inscalis insecticide from BASF for use on cotton. Containing the active ingredient Inscalis, the brand name for afidopyropen, the product is both an insecticide and ovicide. It is labeled for whiteflies and aphids in cotton and carries a seven-day preharvest interval. Sefina is active against egg, early instar and adult whitefly ... Read More »

Cotton insect update — thrips be rolling

adult tarnished plant bug

• By Scott Stewart • It’s been a challenge getting our crops in the ground, and our planting dates are really stretched out. It is especially important that our late planted cotton gets off to a good start to make up for a little lost time. Unfortunately, the ‘Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton’ (https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP) appears to be dead on in ... Read More »

It’s time to be monitoring your cotton crop

young cotton field

• By Guy Collins and Dominic Reisig • This planting season has been frustrating to say the least. We had a five-day stretch of good planting weather during May 13-17 and intermittently at other times during May, as planting was interrupted by abnormally cool spells or exceptionally wet weather throughout the duration of most of our typical planting window. Regardless ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife creates ‘murder hornet’ task force

murder hornet pinned

At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is spearheading an initiative to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees if the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, arrives in the state. A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern ... Read More »

It’s Time To Set The Pace

carroll smith

“Drivers, start your engines!” is the official command that announces the beginning of the Indianapolis 500, which has been billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” It’s a daring, daunting, twisting, turning three-and-a-half hour adrenaline rush before the checkered flag signals a winner. Although there is no master of ceremonies or flagman on the turnrow, cotton farmers have their own ... Read More »

Public Enemy No. 1

stink bug boll damage

Follow Dynamic Stink Bug Thresholds To Time Sprays, Maximize Cotton Yields In The Southeast • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In the Southeast cotton belt, stink bugs are public enemy No. 1 year in and year out, feeding on developing seeds within the bolls, reducing yield potential and fiber quality, and promoting hardlock. “For the Southeast, it’s been a ... Read More »