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Alabama Extension recaps 2020 insect season

stink bug on cotton

Life in 2020 was dominated by COVID-19, however, the work continued for cotton producers. While the Alabama cotton industry had an unusual weather season, no one cotton pest dominated the growing season. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologists Scott Graham and Ron Smith said while there were notable pests, no single species required extra effort to control. “The beginning of a ... 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 »

Balancing Calendar And Conditions

young cotton plants

As of mid-April, early planted cotton in the Texas Rio Grande Valley was squaring. There have been some isolated reports of early pressure from thrips and aphids. Early season scouting for these pests and understanding economic thresholds for each one is essential to developing and executing timely management practices. Postemergence herbicide applications should be in full swing in this region. ... Read More »

Useful tool helps predict need for foliar thrips treatments

thrips damage

• By Scott Stewart • The Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton can be found at https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP. This is a useful tool for predicting whether a foliar insecticide application is needed for thrips control in cotton. It uses local weather data in association with a user-defined planting date to estimate the size of the local thrips population, the susceptibility of seedling ... Read More »

Protect The Crop From Thrips

thrips damage on leaf

• By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Thrips are the most consistent pest in cotton each year. So, it was a surprise to University of Georgia Extension Entomologist Phillip Roberts when he found out some farmers looking for ways to cut input costs were not protecting the crop from thrips. “We see such a reliable yield response to using something ... Read More »