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Control, Residual, Minimal Impact on Beneficials

• SPONSORED CONTENT • This season has been a challenge for getting anything planted in the Mid-South. I’ve been in the field for almost 30 years, and I’ve never seen a planting season this delayed. It seemed like we caught a rain every five to seven days since the 2018 harvest all the way up to planting. Plant bugs can ... Read More »

EPA Registers Transform’s Active Ingredient For Cotton

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• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • The Environmental Protection Agency has registered sulfoxaflor — the active ingredient in Transform WG from Corteva Agriscience — for several crops, including cotton. State registrations are pending. “This decision is supported by substantial data on human health and environmental affects, including many new studies on the effects of the insecticide on bees,” Alexandra ... Read More »

Tarnished Plant Bug Is Still The No. 1 Pest

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• 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

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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 »

Influx Of Insect Pests Complicates Mid-South Growing Season

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As if Mid-South producers don’t have enough on their minds with rutted fields, flooding and late planting, now an influx of insect pests has made their lives even more difficult. And it’s not limited to just one crop, either. Cotton “This has been one of the lightest thrips we’ve experienced in a long time,” says Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist for ... Read More »

Insecticide Tips To Combat Plant Bugs

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• By Dominic Reisig • With more cotton starting to square, ALL cotton in North Carolina should be scouted so we maintain acceptable square load to bring us into blooming (see this previous article for how to scout and use thresholds for plant bugs prebloom). Dr. Sally Taylor, Virginia Tech, has been performing bioassays with tarnished plant bugs from Virginia ... Read More »

Scouting Tips For Tarnished Plant Bug — Or How Not To Miss A Spray

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• By Dominic Reisig • As mentioned in the 2019 North Carolina Cotton Information Guide, “The key to successful cotton production in North Carolina is the adoption of a short-season management strategy.” Specifically, growers should 1) maximize early season growth, 2) stimulate early flowering, 3) prevent rank growth, 4) protect against pests, and 5) harvest quality cotton. Tarnished plant bugs ... Read More »