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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Plant bug levels picking up for some North Carolina cotton growers

From Southeast Farm Press

by Jack Bacheler, NCSU Extension Entomologist

Cotton aphids and spider mites behaving

So far, cotton aphids and spider mites have not tipped their hands, as we have not received reports of economic levels of either pest yet through today (June 28).

A number of folks have reported spider mites, for now at low levels, in many cotton fields.

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