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Bollworms Invade South Carolina Cotton Fields

August 10, 2016

According to Dr. Jeremy Greene, entomologist with Clemson University, there have been reports of cotton bollworms in the Pee Dee region of northeastern South Carolina escaping Bt cotton technology. Bollworms damage cotton blooms and bolls and can result in severe yield loss. To check for bollworms escaping Bt technology, Dr. Greene suggests careful scouting, including the removal of bloom tags from the top of bolls to inspect for damage.

An additional option for managing bollworm populations is Besiege® insecticide, which provides excellent knockdown and long-lasting residual of the most difficult-to-control lepidopteran pests and other economically important pests. Its convenient premix formula contains two active ingredients with complementary modes of action for dual protection against key insect pests.

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