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Tarnished Plant Bug Management
Strategies for Mid-Atlantic Cotton

June 2019

By Sally Taylor, Ph.D.
Row Crop Entomology
Research and Extension Specialist
Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC
Suffolk, Virginia

By Seth Dorman
Ph.D. Graduate Student
Field Crop Entomology
Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC
Suffolk, Virginia

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Summary: Tarnished plant bug is an important economic pest of cotton in Virginia and North Carolina that requires management to preserve yield. This presentation focuses on scouting and identification of the pest, its distribution in the affected region, and general management strategies including variety selection, planting date, and insecticide spray timing. Insecticide efficacy and resistance monitoring results are included. After this presentation, consultants, county agents, growers, and scouts should be more familiar with how to identify and control this species.

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