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Stop Sticky Cotton At the Source

July 29th, 2014

Memphis, TN --- Sticky cotton is one of the most expensive and frustrating issues in the cotton industry worldwide. When sticky cotton reaches the spinning mills, it can contaminate equipment and slow down operations for days, costing the mills—and sometimes growers—a lot of money. Fortunately, sticky cotton can be minimized with good aphid and whitefly management practices. 

To help minimize the economic effects of sticky cotton in 2014, Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network have produced two new webcasts on aphid and whitefly management, the key sources of sticky cotton.

Preventing Sticky Cotton Caused by Whitefly and Aphid” by Dr. Peter Goodell, Cooperative Extension Advisor at the University of California, communicates the severity of sticky cotton and helps growers and consultants identify, scout, and manage aphids and whiteflies in order to prevent sticky cotton from occurring. In this talk, Goodell covers:
• The problems caused by sugars on cotton lint 
• Identification, scouting, assessing and managing sweet potato whitely, biotype B
• Identification, scouting, assessing and managing cotton aphid

Whitefly Management and Prevention of Excess Sugars in Cotton” by Dr. Peter Ellsworth, Professor and IPM Specialist with the University of Arizona, helps growers, pest managers and other practitioners understand how to implement a comprehensive IPM program to effectively manage whiteflies and minimize sticky cotton issues.

In this talk, Ellsworth introduces concepts in whitefly sampling to support decision making, as well as prevent or avoid conditions conducive to pest population development. Ellsworth also references new and recent research on the role of natural enemies in the effective management of whiteflies in cotton--and how the strategic deployment of selective chemistry can be used to kill whiteflies while avoiding injury to their natural predators.

‘Focus on Cotton’ contains more than 20 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


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

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 $38 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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