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By Phillip Roberts, Georgia Extension Entomologist
This has been a challenging year for thrips.
To date we have treated significantly more acres with foliar sprays than normal. Granted, thrips infestations vary across the state, but as a whole this is a tough thrips year. So why is damage so bad?
From Southeast Farm Press
Target spot has created much concern among cotton growers in the Southeast over the past few years and began showing up in cotton fields in the Carolinas and Virginia for the first time last year.
Little is known about the impact of the fungal disease on yield and quality, but recent research indicates there may be significant differences among varieties.
From Southeast Farm Press
One of the toughest crop pests to stop in Georiga is also the most economically devastating — the stink bug.
With piercing-sucking mouth parts, stink bugs feed on cotton bolls, destroy the seeds and prohibit the growth of lint, according to Michael Toews an associate professor of entomology on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
From Cotton 24/7
While many growers may be finalizing their cotton plans and getting planters ready for the field, it’s also a good time to start thinking about managing early season insect pests, especially thrips.
“In normal years, we usually have to overtreat 20-to-30 percent of our cotton acres on top of the seed treatments for thrips,” stated Angus Catchot, Extension entomologist with Mississippi State University. “But for the last two years, for a variety of reasons – maybe cooler weather, maybe residual herbicides holding the cotton plant growth back a bit – we’ve had to make multiple applications on up to 70 to 80 percent of the acres. That’s a trend that may be with us for a while.
Cotton Incorporated’s Agricultural and Environmental Research Division manages over 400 research projects annually.
In addition to being active project managers, each team member is a respected voice among their peers within their scientific disciplines.
Dr. Pat O’Leary has been one of these voices for almost 20 years. She announced her intention to retire several months back and after an in-depth search, Dr. Ryan Kurtz has been selected as Cotton Incorporated’s new Director of Agricultural Research, Entomology.
PRINCETON, Ky., (July 24, 2012) – University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists will host the first field day dedicated to corn, soybeans and tobacco from 7:30 a.m. CDT until noon Aug. 9 at the UK Research Farm in Princeton.
Although this story, which appears in American/Western Fruit Grower this month, centers on California almonds, verticillium wilt is a common disease of shade trees that is widespread through the U.S. The disease often occurs on cotton in the South.
For the American Fruit Grower story, click here.
For information on verticillium wilt of cotton, click here.
According to a Cotton Incorporated internet grower survey conducted from April 1 through June 3, 2011, pest management is high on the list of concerns for Southern growers.