Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/30/2004
Publication Date: 6/1/2004
Citation: Adamczyk Jr., J.J., Burris, G. 2004. 57th annual conference report on cotton insect research and control. Proc. Beltwide Cotton Prod. Res. Conf. www.cotton.org/beltwide
Interpretive Summary: In the 2003 growing season the bollworm/tobacco budworm complex was the most damaging insect pest, followed by Lygus, stink bugs, cotton fleahoppers, and thrips. For the entire Cotton Belt, direct insect control costs averaged $58.88 per acre on 12 million harvested acres of cotton.
Technical Abstract: Approximately 12 million acres of cotton were harvested in 2003. In spite of adverse harvest conditions, yields across the Belt averaged 725 lb lint/acre. The bollworm/tobacco complex caused the most damage, and control costs averaged $58.88 per acre. Total control costs plus losses due to insects were estimated at $1.076 billion.