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Managing Thrips in Cotton:
Research in the Southeast Region

May 2016

By Michael Toews, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Entomology
University of Georgia

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Summary: I will be covering management strategies for early season thrips in cotton. This presentation will help consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners in the Southern U.S. cotton-producing states to understand more about thrips management strategies. Webinar attendees will learn the current state of thrips susceptibility to neonicotinoid seed treatments, value of conservation tillage, efficacy of commonly used foliar insecticides, how using starter fertilizer can increase plant growth while pre-emergent herbicides can detrimentally slow plant growth, how combinations of treatments can assist growers with maximizing control, and how a new model will help us predict when thrips will be most active in the future. By the end of this presentation, attendees should know more about many different approaches to thrips management and how to achieve optimal cotton yields.

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