Keys to Management of SPWF

J.W. Norman, Jr., A.N. Sparks, Jr. and D.G. Riley


Sweetpotato whitefly (SPW), Bemisia tabaci, has been an important pest of vegetables and cotton in Texas during the last three years. Although it would be pleasant to assume that SPW is a sporadic pest that will soon disappear, experiences in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas and other parts of the world suggest that this pest is here to stay. Chemical, biological, or cultural controls individually have not provided the means to eliminate SPW where it has become a predominant pest. However, the integration of several control tactics has proven effective in reducing the overall impact of this pest. The incorporation of as many as is practical of the following suggestions into crop management schemes is recommended and, we believe, has provided important relief from the highest infestations encountered in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas since 1991.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 144 - 145
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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