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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Sustainable Pest Management Strategies for Arid-land Crops

Location: Pest Management and Biocontrol Research

Title: Being Selective

Authors
item Ellsworth, Peter -
item Brown, Lydia -
item Naranjo, Steven

Submitted to: University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: July 24, 2012
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Citation: Ellsworth, P., Brown, L., Naranjo, S.E. 2012. Being Selective. Extension Fact Sheets. 7/2012.

Interpretive Summary: Cotton is a major crop in Arizona and is affected by multiple insect pests. A highly effective and economically efficient integrated pest management program has been developed for the major pests of cotton. The program utilizes sampling to determine the abundance of pest insects in the field and economic thresholds that determine when insect abundance is high enough to warrant some sort of control action. When insect suppression is needed it is recommended that producers use selective insecticides. These are insecticides that have very specific toxicity to the pest insect but do not affect other beneficial insects (predators, parasitoids, pollinators) and spiders. This short extension circular outlines the available selective and non-selective insecticides for insect control in cotton and discusses why producers should use selective options when insecticidal control is required.

Technical Abstract: Cotton is a major crop in Arizona and is affected by multiple insect pests. A highly effective and economically efficient integrated pest management program has been developed for the major pests of cotton. The program utilizes sampling to determine the abundance of pest insects in the field and economic thresholds that determine when insect abundance is high enough to warrant some sort of control action. When insect suppression is needed it is recommended that producers use selective insecticides. These are insecticides that have very specific toxicity to the pest insect but do not affect other beneficial insects (predators, parasitoids, pollinators) and spiders. This short extension circular outlines the available selective and non-selective insecticides for insect control in cotton and discusses why producers should use selective options when insecticidal control is required.

Last Modified: 4/20/2014