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New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast Provides Road Map For Lygus Management in the Texas High Plains

August 17th, 2015

Memphis, TN --- Memphis, TN --- The Texas high plains is the world’s most concentrated production region of cotton, making it a magnet for nearly 30 insect pests of this crop.  

Of those pests, Western tarnished plant bug, or lygus, can be one of the most economically significant, infesting cotton plants in the mid- to late growing season after boll development.

Thanks to research led by Dr. Megha Parajulee and colleagues at Texas A&M University, lygus can be effectively managed using comprehensive, ecologically-based IPM practices that focus on habitat management. 

These practices and other important recommendations are highlighted in the latest Focus on Cotton presentation, titled “Lygus Management in Texas High Plains Cotton.” This presentation by Dr. Parajulee will help consultants, growers, IPM Agents, and other practitioners in the Texas High Plains region further understand: 

  • Lygus host utilization behavior and sink-source relationships of non-cotton host habitats
  • Key hosts that influence lygus movement to and from cotton
  • Action thresholds for cotton management
  • Insecticide chemistries that effectively manage lygus bugs 

This webcast is available through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network. ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains nearly 30 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.

All of these resources are freely available courtesy of Cotton Incorporated at



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


About Plant Management Network:  All subscription-based information on the Plant Management Network website can be accessed for one low $39 annual subscription fee. Plant Management Network,, is a cooperative not-for-profit resource for the applied agricultural and horticultural sciences. Together with more than 80 partners, which include land-grant universities, scientific societies, and agribusiness, PMN publishes quality, applied, and science-based information for the practitioner. 


About the Cotton Board: The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program’s research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton.


The Cotton Research & Promotion Program continues to work in all areas of cotton’s pipeline – from the field to the consumer – to keep cotton the number one fiber choice in the U.S. For more information about the Cotton Board and the innovative activities stemming from the Program, visit


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