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.
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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.
Drier weather and more sunshine are helping move the crop along but an assortment of pests are waiting in the wings.
Rains continue delaying planting progress in parts of the region, and some growers may fall back on prevented planting coverage.
Improved growing conditions will push planting activity through most of the region this week. The Southeast cotton crop may finally be on track for 2020.