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.
Dr. Ron Smith, Extension Entomologist for Auburn University, offers these 8 thoughts and tips for bollworm scouting in 2 gene cotton in 2020.
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.
Alabama Cotton: Tarnished Plant Bug Alert Jul 8, 2020
Due to abundant rainfall over most of the state in recent weeks, the migration of adult plant bugs from wild host (daisy fleabane) has been slow and extended over several […]
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Cotton Scouting School is iconic. For 60 years, Extension scientists taught the Scouting School in person and hands-on. But the 61st Cotton Scouting School is going […]
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.
We have not been able to have face-to-face scout schools because of the corona virus so I have asked Alabama Extension entomologists Dr. Ron Smith and Dr. Scott Graham to […]
Drier weather and more sunshine are helping move the crop along but an assortment of pests are waiting in the wings.
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, is an occasional economic pest of Alabama cotton. Adult two-spotted spider mites are 0.3 to 0.4 milliliters in size and may be red, yellow, or […]
Alabama Cotton: Dealing with Spider Mites Jun 16, 2020
Following Tropical Storm Cristobal, spider mites are still building in parts of central Alabama. Spider mite infestations are rarely evenly distributed throughout the field and are almost always in clumps […]