Pest pressures have been low in Michael’s cotton. Yet pest problems have not been light across the board, according to Peter Goodell, University of California IPM specialist. Goodell reports spotty insect problems throughout California cotton.

“We’ve seen a little more whitefly than in the past in some areas,” he said. “Lygus was also a bit of a problem early in some areas.”

According to Earl Williams, president and CEO of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, Fusarium Race 4 continues as a problem for the California cotton industry.

Statewide, Williams expects the cotton crop harvest to be 7-10 days ahead of normal.

Final pink bollworm survey acreage numbers recently came out in California. This year’s cotton crop could be about 280,000 acres of Pima and Upland cottons, down from about 365,000 last year, Williams says. Pima acreage accounts for about 190,000 acres, down from 225,000 acres last year.

“These numbers are less than we had hoped for, but given the water situation and continued competition from other crops including  permanent plantings then we’ll take what we can get,” said Williams.


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