A new webcast focusing on comprehensive, ecologically-based IPM practices for habitat management of lygus in the Texas High Plains has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.
The Texas High Plains is the world’s most concentrated production region of cotton, with nearly 30 insect pests impacting cotton present in the area. Of those pests, lygus – also known as Western tarnished plant bug – can be one of the most economically significant, infesting cotton plants in the mid- to late growing season after boll development.
The webcast – titled “Lygus Management in Texas High Plains Cotton” – focuses on research led by Dr. Megha Parajulee and colleagues at Texas A&M University. The presentation provides information to help growers, IPM agents and other practitioners in the High Plains to better understand lygus host utilization behavior and sink-source relationships of non-cotton host habitats, key hosts that influence lygus movement to and from cotton, action thresholds for cotton management, and insecticide chemistries that effectively manage lygus bugs.
This webcast is part of the Focus on Cotton series made available by the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated. The Focus on Cotton series contains more than 30 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management, including agronomic practices, crop protection and ag engineering. The presentations are accessible online at any time.
The resource also features a newly improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers.
Source – The Cotton Board