Cotton aphid management brighter

Bachelor, Jack S.
July 2004
Southeast Farm Press;7/7/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 17, p2
Trade Publication
The article focuses on cotton aphid management. Management of most serious cotton insect pests via naturally occurring predators, parasitoids and diseases seems to work better in textbooks than in the field. Biocontrol control, however, has become the producers main line of defense against cotton aphids. All of these new effective materials are in the same chemical class and, therefore, the use of any of these materials may help confer aphid resistance to all. Plus, cotton aphids have been notorious about developing resistance to previous insecticide classes. Despite substantial assistance from beneficial organisms, during the two of the past four years cotton aphid populations, though sporatic, were often widespread and persistent, resulting in some cases of maturity delays and possible yield losses in a number of cotton fields.


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