Bollworm Flight Beginning in Some Locations

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BollwormTwo bits of information today tell me that we are likely beginning the main bollworm flight of the year. First, a consultant called finding eggs in Bollgard II cotton. Secondly, light trap captures are up in some locations, including traps in Scotland and Edgecombe counties. While trap activity hasn’t picked up in the northeastern part of the state, yet, we can bet it’s coming. We’ll know how big this flight may be in the next week or two. It is very important that we avoid disruptive insecticides unless necessary (such as to treat stink bugs) while this flight is on.

In the meantime, scout cotton and soybeans and treat cotton and soybeans following our Extension-recommended guidelines.