Thrips Infestation Predictor Tool Available to Help Growers Prevent Seedling Damage

Memphis, TN --- Tobacco thrips populations fluctuate in size from year to year and can cause significant damage to cotton seedlings by slowing growth and making the plant more vulnerable to future environmental stress.

A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton: An Online Tool for Informed Thrips Management” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts schedule planting dates and insecticide treatments to reduce the severity of damage caused by early season thrips dispersals.

This 12-minute talk by George G. Kennedy, Professor at North Carolina State University, provides information that helps users: 

  • Identify planting dates that pose a lower risk of thrips injury
  • Compare relative risk for a specific location to past years
  • Prioritize scouting and insecticide treatments across fields 
  • This webcast and other resources are freely available courtesy of Cotton Incorporated at presentation is available at no charge, courtesy of Cotton Incorporated, through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network,  ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains over 35 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks--freely accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--cover agronomic practices, crop protection, and ag engineering.  This resource also features a new and improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers.  



    Phil Bogdan, Plant Management Network, 651-994-3859, pbogdan [at] scisoc [dot] org

    Stacey Gorman, The Cotton Board, 870-226-1445, sgorman [at] cottonboard [dot] org