Pest Management

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Weed Resistance
Recognizing that herbicide resistance is a growing threat to efficient cotton production, the National Cotton Council is escalating its educational effort to help producer manage this problem.
Boll Weevil Eradication Program
The Boll Weevil Eradication Program has helped thousands of U.S. cotton growers become more competitive by reducing their input costs, and has helped the environment.
Cotton Nematode Research and Education Program
This Cotton Foundation project, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, provides producers, consultants, extension personnel and others useful information on detecting and controlling cotton's "hidden enemies".
Cotton Seedling Disease Research Program
This Cotton Foundation project has helped cotton producers, consultants and others determine: 1) losses to the seedling disease complex, 2) the basic disease spectrum in each locale, 3) fungicide use and method of application in each state and 4) a "point system" to assist in determining when and how to use fungicides for seedling disease control. The project is supported by a grant from Bayer CropScience.
Pink Bollworm Eradication
The objective of this program is to eradicate the pink bollworm from all cotton producing areas of the United States and adjacent areas of northern Mexico. The pink bollworm is costing U.S. cotton producers over $32 million each year in control costs and yield losses.

Pest-Free U.S. Cotton Through Control, Ginning and Compression
The research summarized by Ed Hughs in his presentation to a group of Ecuadorian phytosanitary officials highlights information that was critical to decisions that allowed unrestricted cotton bale movement and at the same time protected producer and federal investments in boll weevil and pink bollworm eradication programs.