Insect Control Stories

Cotton Production

Five Keys to Higher Cotton Yields

April 24, 2014

As growers in the Southern Cotton Belt begin shifting their planting focus to cotton, they should consider five optimum pre- and early season opportunities to manage for top yields.

Cotton Production

New Questions Facing Thrips Management

April 10, 2014

Control options for thrips still work, but potential issues bear watching.

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Sanders Adds Crafton Commission to North Arkansas Locations

March 28, 2014

Jimmy Sanders Incorporated – a subsidiary of Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC – has acquired Rupert Crafton Commission Company, located in Blytheville, AR.

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Monsanto and MIT Researchers Collaborate to Develop Ag Biologicals

March 25, 2014

Monsanto and two researchers from MIT have established Preceres LLC to develop highly specific biological controls for insect and weed pests.

Cotton Production

Bayer CropScience Rolls Out TwinLink for 2014

March 20, 2014

This season, Bayer CropScience is set to introduce TwinLink, a dual-gene trait that offers season-long Bt protection against worm pests, as well as tolerance to full label rates of Liberty herbicide.

Cotton Production

Climate Corporation Offers Risk Free Trial of Climate Pro Technology

March 20, 2014

Growers who use Climate Basic from The Climate Corporation to capture critical farming and weather data can now try the company’s advanced Climate Pro technologies at no cost through late October.

TwinLink Technology Available for 2014 in FiberMax and Stoneville Varieties

January 8, 2014

TwinLink cotton technology from Bayer CropScience has received all necessary U.S. and international approvals and will be commercially available in new FiberMax and Stoneville cotton varieties for the 2014 growing season. The trait approval and new varieties were announced January

New Seed Treatment Application Technology Helps Reduce Dust Exposure to Bees

November 27, 2013

Bayer CropScience has conducted successful field trials of its new seed treatment application technology designed to help reduce potential dust exposure to honey bees during planting process and provide improved handling efficiencies for growers. The new Bayer fluency agent was

Bayer CropScience Opens Bee Care Center

November 27, 2013

Bayer CropScience has opened the Clayton Bee Care Center, a 1,200-square-foot facility which will create new approaches and solutions to benefit pollinator health and the world’s food and fiber supply. Situated on 278 acres of land in Johnston County, NC,

Report: Tarantula Venom Potential Cotton Bioinsecticide

September 17, 2013

Spider venoms are usually toxic when injected into prey, but a new protein discovered in the venom of Australian tarantulas can also kill insects that consume the venom orally. The protein is strongly insecticidal to the cotton bollworm, an important

EPA Issues New Pesticide Labels to Help Protect Bees

August 27, 2013

In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. “Multiple factors play a role in bee

Dow AgroSciences Brands New Three-Gene Insect Trait as WideStrike 3

July 18, 2013

Dow AgroSciences has branded its recently-approved in-plant, three-gene insect protection trait for cotton as WideStrike 3. WideStrike 3 – the next generation of Dow AgroSciences’ WideStrike Insect Protection – features the Cry1Ac and Cry1F proteins and a vegetative insecticidal protein

EPA Approves New Three-Gene Insect Trait from Dow AgroSciences

May 23, 2013

Dow AgroSciences has received registration for its new in-plant, three-gene insect protection trait for cotton from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The technology – the next generation of Dow AgroSciences’ WideStrike Insect Protection – will be offered exclusively in PhytoGen brand

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Managing Bollworms in Dual Gene Bt Cotton

August 15, 2014

Specialists at Mississippi State University have been monitoring recent bollworm activity, which is beginning to threaten cotton containing dual gene Bt traits. They offer guidelines for determining when – or if – additional treatments may be needed.

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Record Cutout Dates, Save Insect Treatments

August 7, 2014

Scott Stewart, University of Tennessee Extension entomologist, says that growers who record the date of cutout can start counting down the days until treatments for some insect pests can be ended.

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Crunch Time for Cotton Insect Management

July 28, 2014

According to Tennessee Extension Entomologist Scott Stewart, cotton growers are entering a critical window for managing insect pests in cotton, as immature plant bugs, stink bug and bollworm infestations may all coincide during the mid-flowering period.

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Options Available for Plant Bug Management

July 10, 2014

With plant bug season in full force in many areas of the Southern Cotton Belt, Extension entomologists in the Mid-South have developed a list of products and treatment options for cotton growers to consider.

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Monitor Square Retention in Young Cotton

June 20, 2014

Now that plant bug season has arrived, Extension specialists suggest taking square retention counts along with sweep net counts prior to bloom to help with treatment decisions.

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Plant Bugs Off to an Early Start in Tennessee

June 18, 2014

Scott Stewart, University of Tennessee Extension entomologist, says the phone has been ringing about plant bugs – including immatures – in West Tennessee cotton.

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Managing Late Thrips and Early Plant Bugs

June 17, 2014

Now that Mid-South cotton has basically outgrown the thrips threat and squaring has begun, growers should be watching closely for plant bug activity.

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Mississippi: Plant Bug Nymphs Reported in Pre-Bloom Cotton

June 16, 2014

Mississippi State Extension entomologists are reporting early plant bug nymph activity on pre-bloom cotton.

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Patience Is a Virtue in Technology Development

June 3, 2014

Companies often wait more than a decade before seeing their new research ideas in the commercial market.

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Managing Populations, Retaining Squares Are Keys to Plant Bug Control

June 2, 2014

No surprise. Plant bugs have emerged as the most important pest in many Cotton Belt states.

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Helena Adds Tempest Dual-Action Insecticide

May 22, 2014

Helena Chemical Company has introduced Tempest Dual-Action insecticide, a new pest management tool for quick knockdown and long residual control of sucking and chewing insects.