With all the rain the West has seen this spring, growers may be in for a heavy and potentially yield-threatening Lygus season. Because of the way Lygus bugs damage crops such as cotton, they can affect yield more than any other pest. For example, when Lygus attack cotton early in the season, they hit the young squares, causing the squares to shed. Those early squares are what lead to the best lint. Growers push for that early set because otherwise the cotton will go into more of a vegetative mode resulting in lower yield.
While controlling whitefly and aphids can help improve cotton crop quality, controlling Lygus can have a very direct impact on the yield. So in a year when crop prices are so high, growers want to protect their crops and maximize their profits.
An effective treatment program is critical to protecting crops—and yield—from Lygus. Research trials in California cotton have shown plots treated with Belay Insecticide provided a significant increase in seed cotton yield over untreated plots. Additionally, Belay provides long-lasting control of Lygus in cotton, along with stink bugs, aphids and more, and a different mode of action from older chemistries.
To learn more about Lygus control with Belay Insecticide, visit www.valent.com/belay.