Control of Bollworm/Budworm and Other Insects Before and after Boll Weevil Eradication in South Carolina

M. E. Roof


Eliminating economic infestations of boll weevils from South Carolina cotton fields had a positive impact on managing bollworm/budworm infestations. The numbers of treatments of pyrethroid insecticides applied for bollworm/budworm control were reduced. Growers applied pyrethroids an average 3.4 fewer times in 1985, 1989 and 1991 than in 1981-1982. Although green stink bugs have assumed more importance as cotton pests, they are much easier and cheaper to control than boll weevils. Boll weevil eradication has provided a cornerstone for IPM in cotton.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 798 - 799
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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