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1 April 2014 Influence of Planting Date on Stink Bug Injury, Yield, Fiber Quality, and Economic Returns in Georgia Cotton
Ishakh Pulakkatu-Thodi, Donald Shurley, Michael D. Toews
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Phytophagous stink bugs are economically important pests of annual and perennial crops in the southeastern United States. Because of insecticide resistance and risk of secondary pest outbreaks, there is interest in identifying cultural practices that could lead to reduced insecticide applications. The objective of this project was to assess the importance of cotton planting date on stink bug damage to cotton. Unsprayed cotton plots with biweekly planting dates were established at three locations in southern Georgia in each of two crop years. During the bloom cycle, stink bug-induced boll injury was estimated weekly in each plot. Plots were subsequently defoliated, mechanically harvested, and ginned to assess differences in fiber yield and quality attributable to stink bug injury. Results show that the rate of boll damage generally increased more rapidly through the bloom cycle for planting dates in June compared with May. Similarly, estimates of boll damage from June-planted cotton more frequently exceeded the stink bug treatment threshold compared with May-planted cotton. In 2011, mean lint yield and economic returns from May planting dates were significantly greater than June planting dates. In 2012, lint yield and economic returns were greater in plots established in early May compared with later planting dates. Estimates of HVI color b, a measure of fiber yellowness, were lower in early May-planted cotton compared with June planting. These data show that growers need to be aware of increased stink bug damage potential when planting late.

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Ishakh Pulakkatu-Thodi, Donald Shurley, and Michael D. Toews "Influence of Planting Date on Stink Bug Injury, Yield, Fiber Quality, and Economic Returns in Georgia Cotton," Journal of Economic Entomology 107(2), 646-653, (1 April 2014).
Received: 11 September 2013; Accepted: 1 January 2014; Published: 1 April 2014

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