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Be proactive, defend against cotton nematodes

March 9, 2016

Cotton nematodes are a threat to all growers – they have been identified in every state where cotton is grown. Feeding primarily on the young roots of cotton plants, cotton nematodes are capable of extensive damage including:

  • Stunting
  • Reducing the plant’s ability to absorb water and nutrients
  • Providing locations for other disease-producing organisms to enter the plant (Fusarium, bacteria, etc.)
  • Causing plant stress

Knowing the history of cotton fields is important to managing cotton nematodes efficiently. Cropping history, soil texture, knowledge of injury in local soils and having a baseline estimate of nematode populations can help get a jump start on preventing and managing nematodes. Additionally, using these cultural practices can help reduce populations:

  • Rotate with non-host crops
  • Control susceptible weeds
  • Precision tillage

Additionally, using a seed treatment like Avicta® Elite Cotton Plus with Vibrance® nematicide/insecticide/fungicide, a combination of separately registered products, can help defend against early-season diseases, in addition to stellar protection against insects and nematodes. The additional active ingredient to thiamethoxam allows cotton growers who have come to rely on Avicta® Complete Cotton seed treatment, a combination of separately registered products, to better combat early-season insects with increased product consistency. Avicta Elite Cotton Plus with Vibrance offers best-in-class Rhizoctonia activity and enhanced rooting power to help achieve optimized root health and consistent yield stability from year to year.

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