Plant bugs: Early, late threat to cotton?

Bachelor, Jack
June 2005
Southeast Farm Press;6/1/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 15, p3
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the plant bugs which are a threat to cotton. For most cotton producers, plant bugs (or Lygus) have not been a significant early season problem in North Carolina. With the introduction of Bollgard cotton in 1996, the former range of two to three or four late-season bollworm applications on conventional cotton has been reduced to an average of just under one application, resulting in greater late season plant bug damage to squares, blooms and small bolls. In most cases with conventional cotton, pyrethroid treatments usually reduce late season plant bugs to low enough levels that fruit damage is minimal.


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