Tobacco Thrips Management and Resistance Update

January 2024 | 19 min., 29 sec.
by Sebe Brown
University of Tennessee

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​The tobacco thrips is an early-season pest of seedling cotton and is most prevalent in the U.S. mid-South and Southeast. Both adults and immatures can injure seedlings, causing delayed maturity and yield loss. There are two current control options for thrips—at-planting insecticide treatments and rescue treatments—and issues associated with both include resistance, weather, and disease pressure. Recommendations for future management are to use organophosphates (OPs) with caution (be early!); to distinguish between recolonization and control; to apply good seed treatments; to plant ThryvOn in high-pressure areas; and to utilize the thrips predictor model.

About the Presenter

Sebe BrownSebe Brown is the field crops Extension entomologist at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. He has a 25% research and 75% Extension appointment. Brown performs applied research related to field crop entomology, addressing current and emerging issues in row crops, such as evaluation of IPM tactics, insecticide efficacy and resistance, and transgenic technologies for Tennessee producers. His Extension philosophy is centered on communicating and collaborating with stakeholders, such as county agents and growers. Brown received a BS in entomology from Texas A&M University and an MS and a PhD in entomology from Louisiana State University.

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