New biopesticide available for bollworms and budworms

A host-specific virus is being used to control bollworms and budworms in Arkansas crops.

Helicoverpa nucleopolyhedrovirus, or just NPV, does not affect humans, plants or other insects, including those that are beneficial. Continue reading

Experts expect insect problems to get worse

in Southeast Farm Press

From whiteflies in southern Georgia to bollworms in North Carolina to plant bugs in Virginia, 2016 was a challenging insect year for cotton growers across the Southeast. Dominic Reisig is urging farmers to be prepared for another challenging year.

Reisig, North Carolina State University Extension entomologist, addressed “Emerging Insect Issues in the Southeast” at the annual meeting of the Southern Cotton Growers and Southeastern Cotton Ginners in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 20, where he provided an insect situation, outlook report and control recommendations. Continue reading

Timing continues to be a key ingredient in cotton insect control

From Delta Farm Press

For years, the boll weevil was public enemy No. 1 for Tennessee cotton farmers. The boll weevil is gone thanks to the hard work of cotton growers and research scientists. But the malathion sprays that took out the boll weevil and plant bugs are gone as well, creating an environment where plant bugs have become a major problem. The University of Tennessee’s Sandy Steckel talked about the current efforts to control the latter during a stop on the Cotton Tour at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.

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Consultant survey paints North Carolina’s 2013 cotton insect picture

From Southeast Farm Press

By Jack Bacheler, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

Information from North Carolina’s licensed independent crop consultants is invaluable in determining cotton pest status and insecticide inputs from region to region and from one year to the next.

Their responses to our survey questionnaire are both an accurate account of the past “insect year” and represent approximately one third of North Carolina’s total cotton acreage.

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Late North Carolina cotton crop may be vulnerable to insect pests

By Jack Bacheler, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

In Southeast Farm Press

After a prolonged period of wet weather, North Carolina cotton is benefitting from some sunny, hot weather.

But in most areas of the state, the crop has some catching up to do. In some cases, the crop may never manage this.

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Bollworms, other pests, showing up very early in Arkansas crops

The lack of prolonged winter weather followed by a spring that broke many high temperature records was bound to have an effect on Mid-South crops. That has certainly proven out with the early arrival of the insect complex.

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