Article by Jack Bacheler
With most areas of the state receiving significant rainfall this week, we hope our recent trend of building mite levels will be reversed. Also, where cotton aphid outbreaks are present, plant stress should also be down significantly due to good moisture levels, lessening the odds of yield loss. Dominic Reisig reported that two eastern NC consultants had noted less than expected cotton aphid control with a different chloronicotinoid. If poor control is noted with a chloronic (e.g., Centric, Admire Pro) one option is to use Carbine which has a different mode of action. If past years are a guide, the aphid fungus is more likely to become established as mid to late July approaches.