Sporadic pests showing up in cotton

Robinson, Elton
December 2004
Southeast Farm Press;12/15/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 28, p28
Trade Publication
The article focuses on sporadic pests showing up in cotton. Changes in cotton production systems have not only made plant hugs and stink bugs more significant pests, but are opening the door for damage from sporadic pests, such as slugs, grasshoppers and three-cornered alfalfa hopper, according to entomologists at Cotton Incorporated's Crop Management Seminar, in Tunica, Mississippi. According to Ron Smith professor emeritus, entomology, Auburn University, three factors have led to the emergence of these pests--the elimination ot the boll weevil, which has eliminated the application of broad spectrum insecticide sprays; the planting of genetically altered Bt varieties; and the increase in conservation tillage acreage.


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