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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF COTTON PESTS EMPHASIZING MANAGEMENT OF BOLL WEEVILS Title: 60th Annual Insect Research and Conference Report.

Author
item Adamczyk, John

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 12, 2007
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This paper provides an overview of cotton losses attributed to insect damage that occurred during the cotton growing season in 2006. In 2006, there were 12,731,500 acres of U.S. Cotton (Upland and Pima) harvested with an average of 819 pounds of cotton per acre. Insect pests of cotton reduced yield by 4.5% in 2006. Caterpillars were the predominate pest and reduced yields by 0.876%. Direct insect management costs amounted to $48.08 per acre. Because of insects, cost plus loss is estimated at $1.021 billion.

Technical Abstract: This paper provides an overview of cotton losses attributed to insect damage that occurred during the cotton growing season in 2006. In addition, overviews of research conducted on insect pests of cotton are also included. It is primarily comprised of state reports from extension and university personnel. In 2006, there were 12,731,500 acres of U.S. Cotton (Upland and Pima) harvested with an average of 819 pounds of lint per acre. Arthropod pests of cotton reduced yield by 2.96% in 2006. The bollworm/budworm complex reduced yields by 0.876%. The bollworm was the predominant species to attack cotton in 2006. Bollworms were estimated to make up 92% of the population Lygus (0.7%) were 2nd in losses. Stink bugs (0.42%) were 3rd and Thrips (0.38%) were 4th. Spider mites (0.2%) rounded out the top five cotton arthropod pests for the year. Beltwide, direct insect management costs amounted to $48.08 acre. Cost plus loss is estimated at $1.021 billion.

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