​​Economics of Managing Insect Pests of Cotton

March 2019 | 20 min., 47 sec.
by Jeff Gore
Mississippi State University

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Summary

Insect pests are an important component of a cotton grower’s budget that can fluctuate from year to year depending on pest pressure. The uncertainty of insect infestations can impact profitability because it is difficult to plan for in any given year, especially years where infestations are high. This presentation discussed the economics of managing the three most important insect pests of cotton: thrips, tarnished plant bug, and bollworm. Additionally, the impact of spider mites on overall insect protection budgets was discussed. The importance of University recommended action thresholds as they relate to injury potential from the different insects was highlighted in addition to the times during the season when cotton is most susceptible to yield losses from insect pests. This presentation will help growers and consultants make more informed decisions about where and when to focus their inputs in regard to managing insect pests in cotton.​

About the Presenter

Jeff GoreJeff Gore is currently an Associate Extension/Research Professor at Mississippi State University in the Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville, Mississippi. He previously worked as a Research Entomologist with USDA-ARS in Stoneville from 2002 to 2007. He received his BS in Entomology/Integrated Pest Management from Auburn University in 1995. He received his MS in Entomology from Louisiana State University in 1999 and his PhD in Entomology from Louisiana State in 2002.​

Contact Information:
Email: jgore@drec.msstate.edu

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