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MANA’s New Paradigm Insecticide Gets EPA Approval

March 6, 2012

New Paradigm insecticide, manufactured by MANA Crop Protection, has received approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its new state-of-the-art formulation of lambda-cyhalothrin for broad-spectrum insect control in corn, soybeans and other crops. Using MANA Crop Protection proprietary technology,

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Insect Sprays Declining

March 1, 2012

Since the advent of Bt cotton and after boll weevil  eradication, Georgia growers have gone from almost seven annual insect sprays in 1995, to less than three in 2011. “That’s about a 50% reduction in insecticide applications,” says University of

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Insect & Weed Control: Old Dogs Teach New Tricks

March 1, 2012

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

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Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Insect Spectrum

March 1, 2012

When the spectrum of primary cotton insects began to change, stinkbugs in the Southeast and plant bugs in the Mid-South became more damaging. AMVAC’s Bidrin is a standard in treatments for both. “Bidrin is a great fit in the Southeast,”

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Don’t Let Dollar Cotton Drive Insect Thresholds

February 13, 2012

With cotton prices nearly double what they were at this time last year, will growers be motivated to lower insect thresholds and pull the trigger earlier than normal on insecticide sprays, particularly for plant bugs? Will they keep firing away

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A Stinky, Tarnished Situation

February 13, 2012

Kevin Cotton says the area’s biggest issues have been with stinkbugs and tarnished plant bugs, but another plant bug species is causing some concerns. “We’ve been dealing with a lot of tarnished plant bugs, but now we have a lot

Bayer’s Latest Cotton Technology Gains Approval in United States

February 1, 2012

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted registration for Bayer CropScience’s Twinlink cotton technology. TwinLink technology combines insect-resistance for effective management of a number of lepidopteran pests (caterpillars) and tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium herbicides (Liberty). When commercialized, TwinLink technology

Court Rules in Favor of MANA in Pesticide Dispute

January 17, 2012

On January 9, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled in favor of Makhteshim  Agin North America (MANA) regarding litigation initiated by BASF Agro BV and Bayer SAS in April 2010. The Court granted

Chemtura AgroSolutions to Market Diamond 0.83EC Insecticide

December 6, 2011

Chemtura AgroSolutions, a business unit of Chemtura Corporation, recently announced starting January 1, 2012, it will assume marketing and sales rights for Diamond insecticide. “As an insect growth regulator, Diamond is a fitting addition to our line of IGR products,

U.S. Farmers Could Be Mired in Permits for Applying Pesticides

November 10, 2011

A U.S. Appeals Court failed to reverse a decision that could require U.S. farmers to apply for pesticide application permits, which could significantly affect the type and frequency of pesticide applications. A ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

MBI Gets EPA Approval for Grandevo Insecticide

October 11, 2011

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a leading global provider of natural products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved its latest product, MBI-203 EP, which will be branded as Grandevo. It is a

Insect Pests Make Waves in 2011

August 12, 2011

Given average mid-season conditions, insecticide applications in the Southeast are winding down. In the Mid-South, they’re just getting started.   “Virginia and North Carolina assuredly lead the rest of the Cotton Belt in thrips problems,” says Dr. Jack Bacheler, North

Overlapping Residuals: Don’t Miss a Step

June 22, 2011

University of Georgia Extension weed scientist Dr. Stanley Culpepper says that in the fight to control glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in cotton, don’t miss a step. “It’s not like, ‘you do this, and you get by with it,’ or ‘you do

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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.