In this video (see below), Auburn University Extension Entomologist Ron Smith discusses options for managing silverleaf whitefly in Alabama cotton in 2017. Heavy pressure built in the state’s southeastern counties and the threatened cotton, especially late-planted fields.
This video – recorded by Auburn Extension’s William Birdsong – delves into insecticide options (including insect growth regulators, treatment timing and other key factors. Smith also discussions options for avoiding silverleaf whitefly issues in future seasons. That includes early planting, early defoliation and the need to plant cotton varieties that have smooth leaves as opposed to varieties that have so-called “hairy” leaves.