Boll feeding bugs linked to quality?

Hollis, Paul L.
October 2004
Southeast Farm Press;10/20/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 24, p8
Trade Publication
The article focuses on improving cotton quality by controlling boll-feeding bugs. In Georgia, any discussion on boll-feeding bugs focuses on stink bugs. Preliminary data from University of Georgia researchers shows the impact such pests can have on fiber quality. The University of Georgia has been estimating cotton losses to stink bugs since the early 1990s, but stink bugs didn't become a real problem for Georgia cotton producers until about 1997. The national report of cotton insect losses for 2003, sponsored by the National Cotton Foundation, shows that stink bugs were the primary insect pest of cotton in Georgia, in terms of acres treated and bales lost.


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