Sticky Cotton Prevention – Late Season Insect and Defoliation Management


Preventing sticky cotton is crucial in producing quality cotton. Late-season populations of cotton aphid and Silverleaf whitefly can produce significant amounts of honeydew when populations build. These pests are of most concern from mid-boll filling through harvest, when insect populations build and threaten exposed lint. Pest management guidelines for cotton aphid and silverleaf whitefly focus on strategies to use once threshold pest populations are reached, with the approach varying with the composition of the developing population (nymphs, adults), crop growth stage, and with the presence of exposed lint. Current pest management guidelines for whitefly and aphid can be interpreted as meaning defoliation is the final event of the season. This is based on the assumption…


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Management of Key Cotton Arthropod Pests with Insecticides and Acaricides



The silverleaf whitefly (SL WF) and cotton aphid are not new insects to the SJV, but only in recent years have late-season populations of both of these pests become widespread. The silverleaf whitefly was first found in the SJV in 1992. The SL WF has continued to adapt to SJV conditions and cropping patterns and starting in 2001 SL WF populations expanded greatly both in severity and particularly in range. Populations in significant numbers occurred farther northward and westward into the SJV. This has pushed the whitefly into the primary cotton production area. The cotton aphid occurred sporadically in cotton throughout…


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