Thrips Scouting, 2016
It is that time of year to be scouting our cotton for thrips. It has been a rough start to our area cotton and we spent the better part of last week making decisions regarding the strength of cotton fields and if they had strong enough stands to be profitable or if the chilling injury, seedling disease, and wireworms had taken too much of a toll. Now the fields we have kept, despite being a little light in the plants per acre category, are really taking advantage of the hot, dry weather. Although set back from May and early June weather, rapid progress is now being made. And then… here come the thrips with the potential, if at an economic level, to set our young and finally growing cotton back even farther. That is something we do not need stay on top of right now.
To help combat the possible and/or likely thrips issue in the area, we have cut a video to help guide through the process of scouting for thrips in West Texas Cotton. If you are interested in making use of this yourself, please follow this link:
A big thanks to Dr. Pat Porter, D2 Entomologist, for shooting and editing the video and Adam Kesheimer, Plains Pest Management Field Scout, for helping out during the filming.