Georgia contends with whitefly, which are gaining ground outside of their normal geographic range.
Cotton – Southeast – Insects Ramping Up, Whiteflies Add Complications In Lower Region – AgFax Aug 5, 2020
Hot and dry weather are pushing whiteflies and spider mites. Bollworms and plant bugs are active, too.
In Georiga, whiteflies continue to expand out of their normal range, complicating treatment decisions for other pests.
Whiteflies and spider mites are becoming more apparent, and treatments are going out
Whitefly treatments have been necessary in Georgia in areas where the pest tends to develop every year, but people in the field are beginning to find at least a few whitefly outside of their historic range.
Pests and the need to treat them are perhaps more difficult to predict right now. For much of the Southeast, this is a late cotton crop, so that skews routine patterns in how cotton develops and when it begins attracting key pests.
Plant bugs are being treated and more applications may be necessary, but concerns exist about flaring spider mites and whitefly by taking out beneficial insects too early.
Plant bugs are becoming more apparent in places and aphids and spider mites add a bit of uncertainty as this crop heads towards July.
Drier weather and more sunshine are helping move the crop along but an assortment of pests are waiting in the wings.
Pests are creeping onto the scene and more pressure seems likely as we head toward the second half of June.