Tag Archives: Cotton Fleahopper

Unique Production Season Ahead

When I first moved down to Port Lavaca, at a crop tour, growers were talking how much experience they had farming.  One replied he had “1 year experience, 40 times.” I think there is a lot of truth to that statement.  It seems each year presents it’s own production challenges. So how is 2020 different from other years? There are two obvious differences: lower than normal rainfall and higher than average temperatures. Much of insect and plant activity occurs as a response to three variables. These variables are… Read More →

IPM Field Meeting – May 28, 2019

Date: Tuesday, May 28 Time: 9 am Location: Near Port Lavaca at the Intersection of FM 1679 and Sanders Rd. 28.609097, -96.721086 Topics: Crop development, cotton fleahopper management, and plant growth regulators will be discussed CEUs: 1 hour CEU will be provided.   CROP TOUR DATES Refugio County – June 12 Calhoun County – June 13 Victoria County – June 18

Early Season Cotton IPM

The oldest cotton in the Mid-Coast is squaring and the youngest is just emerging from the ground.  Pest management in early season is primarily focused on two or three insect pests: Thrips, Cotton Fleahopper and Aphids. It is important to consider the pest, its numbers and the crop stage when deciding whether or not to add an insecticide to the tank.  Even if it only costs $1, an unneeded tank partner will reduce crop profits. Thrips can be a yield limiting pest until the cotton plants have 4-5… Read More →

Cotton Fleahopper Numbers on the Rise

Cotton fields range from pinhead square to early bloom. Most fields are susceptible to cotton fleahopper damage and the potential for bollworm losses. We are finding cotton fleahoppers in numbers as high as 1 per plant, averaging around 20-30 per 100 plants. Continue to scout for cotton fleahoppers through the first week of bloom. This pest may cause fruit shed of small pinhead squares. Squares larger than matchhead size are generally safe from fleahopper damage. Once the plant has reached bloom, 80-90% of the fruit that will be… Read More →

IPM Field Meeting – May 21, 2018

Date: Monday, May 21 Time: 9 am Location: Near Port Lavaca at the Intersection of FM 1679 and Sanders Rd. Topics: Crop development and pest management will be discussed CEUs: 1 hour CEU will be provided.