Integrated pest management saves Arizona cotton growers millions of dollars through reduced insecticide use. Pictured is Peter Ellsworth, director, University of Arizona Pest Management Center, at a cotton workshop last summer at Clark Farms in Marana, Ariz.
Al Fournier, associate director, Arizona Pest Management Center, seeks pest, weed, and disease information on desert-grown cotton, head lettuce, and melons.
A cotton pest loss survey meeting held at Booth Machinery in Yuma, Ariz. in 2005.
Gaining information on new insects, including the Bagrada bug (pictured), is an important part of successful long-term pest management. Photo by John Palumbo.
Cotton insecticide applications for pests are down to an average 1.5 sprays per season in Arizona.
Attending the University of Arizona-sponsored cotton mid-season workshop are Dwight Palmer, left, and Ryan Turpin, both with Crop Production Services in Yuma, Ariz.
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