Friday, August 12, 2011

Bollworm Pressure Remains Extremely High Across the Coastal Plains of Alabama and Georgia

Bollworm pressure has been extremely high across the coastal plains of Alabama and Georgia for the past two weeks or so. Untreated sentinel plots of conventional cotton in southwest Georgia, southeast and southwest Alabama have been stripped of all fruit during this period. Bollworm moths were still active on August 10th at Headland, Alabama. We are relatively certain most of this population has been the bollworm species because sentinel plantings of tobacco in this same area have had few tobacco budworms present to date. As far as I know, no economic levels of escapes have occurred on varieties with Bt technology.