Integrated Crop Management (ICM) for Averting Cotton Pest Resistance and Reducing Production Cost

S. J. Nemec and E. D. Nemec


A commercial field study was conducted to demonstrate the applicability of Phaser®/endosulfan to an Integrated Pest Management System (IPMS) on cotton in the Brazos River Valley of Texas, U.S.A.. Phaser® was used for controlling boll weevils at low rates on an as-needed basis based on economic thresholds. Season-long scouting and sampling for pest and beneficial arthropods was conducted to collect data in the IPMS field and a field using traditional practices for insect control. The Phaser® IPMS resulted in lower pest infestations, higher beneficial arthropod populations, less fruit damage, and yields comparable to the traditional practices of using broad-spectrum insecticides. The Phaser® IPMS field provided a significantly higher economic profit than the traditional practices.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 995 - 996
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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