47th Annual Conference Report on Cotton Insect Research and Control

D. D. Hardee and G. A. Herzog


In 1993, there were approximately 12.98 million acres of cotton (Upland and Pima) harvested in the U.S. with an average yield of 1.29 bales (480 lb bales) per acre amounting to a 16.74 million bale production (see M. R. Williams, these proceedings). Harvested acreage increased 8.2% but total production decreased 520,000 bales compared to 1992, indicating a yield reduction of about 10%.

Arthropod pests reduced yield by an estimated 6.9% in spite of control measures. This amounted to a loss of over 890,000 bales from potential yield resulting in an estimated loss in revenue of over $331 million. The beltwide average cost per acre for controlling arthropod pests was $45.21 (compared to $50.19 for 1992), and the total cost for controlling these pests was over $586 million. Thus, the estimated total cost of arthropod pests to U.S. cotton production in 1993 was over $917 million (see M. R. Williams, these proceedings).

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 717 - 740
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