Kansas Boll Weevil Trapping Program Update

December 2022 | 33 min., 18 sec.
by Rex Friesen
Southern Kansas Cotton Growers Co-Op, Inc.

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​This presentation provides an update and justification for the Kansas Boll Weevil Trapping Program. During the 2021 season, 365 traps were placed and serviced from mid-May thru early January; no boll weevils were captured. Legislation has been passed to officially establish the Kansas Boll Weevil Program; final legislation awaits the governor’s signature. Plans for the 2022 program include creating a board of directors, making updates in software for data management, increasing trapping (to meet National Eradication Program minimum trapping standards), and creating and maintaining a trapping program website. The second part of the presentation discusses management of key cotton pests in Kansas, crop stages of susceptibility, scouting, signs of damage, and treatment thresholds and recommendations.

About the Presenter

Rex Friesen

​Rex 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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