Cotton growers are finding resistance in thrips

From Southeast Farm Press

Cotton producers in Alabama – like those in the MidSouth and in other parts of the Southeast – found pockets of thrips resistance with their at-plant treatments in 2014.

“We’re definitely in the middle of some changes with thrips resistance,” says Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension entomologist. “Some of these changes are part of a trend, and some of them might be different this year with weather conditions and other factors.”

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Spider mites in Alabama worst on cotton in 50 years

In Southeast Farm Press

By Paul Hollis

Spider mites are influenced greatly by the weather, with hot, dry summers being perfect for mites. Alabama cotton producers have had the greatest problem with spider mites this year than they’ve had in the last 50 years or so.

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Cotton growers: don’t let down guard on stink bugs

From Southeast Farm Press

Auburn University Extension Entomologist Ron Smith cautioned growers during the recent Wiregrass Field Crops Day not to let down their guard on stink bugs in cotton.

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