A significant acreage of Georgia cotton is planted in hills spaced 9 to 15 inches apart. However, preventive insecticides for thrips control are evenly distributed between hills. Two field trials were conducted to evaluate the potential of precisely placing systemic insecticide granules with seed for thrips control. Results from these trials suggest precision placement of insecticide near the seed may provide acceptable thrips control; possibly at reduced rates compared with conventional granule application methods. Additional studies verifying efficacy and refinement of insecticide rates are needed in the future.