Virginia Cotton: First Plant the Crop and Second – Pay Attention to Thrips

    Thrips damaged cotton. Photo: University of Tennessee

    We are  still in the middle of planting hard as we have a chance at getting essentially all of our cotton in the ground for the year.  Some folks actually took got their seed in the middle of May and then had a change of heart and are going back for early maturing varieties to put in the ground during this optimum planting week.

     

    There is no question that planting is the highest priority for this week.  Second priority are thrips on this early planted cotton. 

    • April planted cotton, with few exceptions, has an abundance of thrips having a picnic on this really early stuff.  The crop has been in the ground for 4 weeks and most of the planting protection has given out.  The cotton that was planted the first week of May is 3 weeks old, and is also becoming vulnerable.  
    • Here’s a  rule of thumb: Schedule that Orthene treatment about 3 weeks after planting.
    • IF you had some in-furrow insecticides, it may be holding up a little better.  Although I can tell you some of that April cotton had the in-furrow and still needs some Orthene now.



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