Insect & Weed Control: Old Dogs Teach New Tricks

As transgenic traits began appearing on the scene in the 1990s,  growers who had used pesticide tank-mixes with various modes-of-action thought they’d found silver bullets for both insect and weed control.

When Roundup Ready varieties were introduced, glyphosate became the most widely used herbicide in the world. Glyphosate revolutionized cotton weed control like no other herbicide. But we soon learned the hard way that too much reliance on a single mode-of-action can cause resistance. Glyphosate resistance showed up first in marestail, but just as the alarm button was being pushed, glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth blew the doors off.
Proven Legacy Product residual and contact herbicides are standard recommendations in weed resistance management programs.

Bollgard and WideStrike brought ultramodern weapons to the insect control fight. Although Bt technology changed the scope of insect control much for the better, a downside was that the economically destructive insect pest spectrum changed right along with it. With Bt taking care of budworms and bollworms, what we considered secondary pests – stinkbugs and plant bugs, mostly – are now primary pests.

Legacy Product insecticides provide the additional modes-of-action that effective insect control demands.

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New Webcast Focuses on Lygus Management in Texas High Plains

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Options for Tarnished Plant Bug IPM Programs

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With the availability of Transform in question for 2016, Mississippi State Extension specialists and researchers have developed two IPM programs for management of tarnished plant bugs.

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2016 Mississippi Insect Control Guide Now Available

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The Mississippi 2016 Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops is now available online, with hard copies available in January.

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EPA Issues Cancellation Order for Transform

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EPA has issued a cancellation order for products containing sulfoxaflor – including Transform – in response to a September ruling by the Nine Circuit Court of Appeals that vacated the product registrations.

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USDA Exploring New Options for Pink Bollworm Control

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is using remotely piloted aircraft to help eliminate small-scale outbreaks of pink bollworm.

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Boll Weevil Eradication Making Progress in Texas

September 28, 2015

The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation is making solid progress in eliminating the the cotton boll weevil from the state's cotton fields. But there's still work remaining.

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Citing Bee Deaths, U.S. Appeals Court Vacates Transform Registration

September 11, 2015

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated EPA approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, stating that the agency erred by granting the registration without additional studies regarding potential impact on honeybees.

Insect Control

Wake-Up Call for Old World Bollworm

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The Old World bollworm – an aggressive global pest – has apparently found its way to the U.S.

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New Webcast Focuses on Lygus Management in Texas High Plains

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A new webcast focusing on lygus management in the Texas High Plains cotton has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

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Plan Cotton Insect Strategies for Mid to Late Bloom

July 17, 2015

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NC State: Managing Plant Bugs in Cotton Presquare

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An early wave of plant bugs is causing problems in young presquare cotton in North Carolina.

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Set Treatment Schedule for Plant Bugs

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Evaluate Young Cotton for Thrips Damage

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Dates Confirmed for Tennessee and Arkansas Scout Schools

May 18, 2015

The University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas have confirmed dates for each state’s upcoming cotton scout schools.

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Dates Set for Georgia Cotton Scout Schools

May 11, 2015

The University of Georgia will conduct two cotton insect scouting schools in early June.

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Watch Emerging Cotton Closely for Signs of Thrips

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