Two new webcasts focusing on minimizing sticky cotton through aphid and whitefly management have been added to the Focus on Cotton online webcast resource, developed by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network.
Sticky cotton is an expensive and frustrating issue for the cotton industry. When it reaches spinning mills, sticky cotton can contaminate equipment and slow down operations – often leading to economic losses for mills and sometimes growers.
In “Preventing Sticky Cotton Caused by Whitefly and Aphid,” Dr. Peter Goodell, Cooperative Extension advisor at the University of California, communicates the severity of sticky cotton and helps growers and consultants identify, scout, and manage aphids and whiteflies in order to prevent sticky cotton from occurring. He reviews the problems caused by sugars on cotton lint and provides tips for identifying, scouting, assessing and managing cotton aphid and sweet potato whitefly, biotype B.
In “Whitefly Management and Prevention of Excess Sugars in Cotton,” Dr. Peter Ellsworth, professor and IPM specialist with the University of Arizona, helps growers, pest managers and other practitioners understand how to implement a comprehensive IPM program to effectively manage whiteflies and minimize sticky cotton issues.
Ellsworth introduces concepts in whitefly sampling to support decision making, as well as prevent or avoid conditions conducive to pest population development. He also references new and recent research on the role of natural enemies to help manage whiteflies in cotton, and discusses how the strategic deployment of selective chemistry can be used to control whiteflies without injuring their natural predators.
The Focus on Cotton series contains more than 20 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