Kansas Boll Weevil Trapping Program Update and Insect Pest Management for Kansas Cotton

April 2021 | 32 min., 52 sec.
by Rex Friesen
Southern Kansas Cotton Growers Co-Op, Inc.

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​This presentation begins with an update on the Kansas Boll Weevil Trapping Program, which continues to make progress in terms of its structure, status, and performance. A director was hired and equipment was purchased for the 2020 trapping. A total of 305 traps were placed and serviced from early August through November; no boll weevils were captured. Goals for 2021 include completing the design, establishment, and official recognition of the organization through the state legislature and meeting the national minimum trapping standards. This presentation also reviews stages of development of the boll weevil and how to differentiate adult boll weevils from other weevil species. The final part of the presentation covers insect pest management for Kansas cotton during different stages of plant growth and across a range of insects, including thrips, fleahoppers, tarnished plantbugs, bollworms, and stinkbugs.

About the Presenter

Rex FriesenRex Friesen was born in Bakersfield, California, and grew up in Shafter, a small farm town in the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from California State University at Fresno in 1983 with a BA in biology and from the University of California at Riverside in 1991 with a PhD in population biology. His dissertation research was on the integration of agronomic and pest management practices to reduce pest impact in cotton. Friesen worked as a postdoctorate foreign exploration research entomologist for the USDA Department of Forestry from 1991 to 1995 and was assigned to the problem of biological control of a major weed species in Hawaii. From 1995 to 2000, he worked for the Texas A&M Extension Service as an integrated pest management agent in Fort Stockton and the surrounding area, primarily assisting growers in pest management in cotton and alfalfa. In 2000, he moved to Oxford, Kansas, to supervise the Southern Kansas Cotton Growers (SKCG) Cooperative field scouting program, which he did for several years. He continues to serve as the SKCG crop consultant and public relations representative, providing information for growers on “most things cotton,” including production, harvest, ginning, and other pertinent topics.

Contact Information:
Email: southern.kansas.2@pcca.com


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