According to the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication program as of April 16th cotton acreage is now at 161,103 acres across the LRGV and it seems there is still a little bit of planting still going on as final acreage is expected to change.
As far as pests in cotton this week we did see some fields that had high consistent cotton aphid pressure at the growing point on cotton just putting on pin head squares in the Mid Valley areas around Mercedes, La Feria, and Combs areas that were on their way to being sprayed and then reports of cotton fields already being treated for cotton aphids.
We did pick up on a handful of cotton fleahopper adults and suspect to see an increase in numbers next week and see some nymphs as more cotton starts to square, but for now seeing very low pressure if any at all.
Thrips pressure in emerging cotton in Willacy and Cameron was very low to none, very clean. Mid Valley I saw more thrips on older 6 true leaf cotton but that’s way past the stage for treatment and generally the rule of thumb is to treat for thrips at cotyledon to 2 true leaf cotton if high numbers of thrips present.
Also noticing more predators starting to build up while scouting cotton.