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Further Examination of COTMAN and Grower Production Records as a Basis for Farm-Wide Management of Cotton Insects

R.G. Luttrell, Tina Gray Teague, Diana Danforth, Bryce Blackman, Dale Wells, David Wildy, Steven Wall, Thad Freeland, and Patricia O’Leary


COTMAN information and production records associated with insecticide use and yield were organized as a subset of historical records maintained by Wildy Farms, Manila, Arkansas for the period 1997-2002. Resulting descriptive statistics and correlative information define the range of variability in the study data and possible relationships to yield, insecticide use patterns and crop cutout. COTMAN variables associated with longer effective fruiting periods, especially time from planting to cutout, were generally related to higher yields. High fruit retention, greater than 90%, was common across the entire farm. An interesting observation that may deserve more investigation was a suggestion of a negative relationship between retention of 1st position fruit in June and yield. Spatial patterns of insecticide use and densities of insect captures in pheromone traps across Wildy Farms and associated areas of Buffalo Island are presented as an example of future large scale management approaches.

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