Two years ago, a new pest menace to California cotton - the brown stink bug - infested fields in the state's Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. The pest has now caused damaged in cotton for three consecutuve growing seasons.
Cotton losses have been significant. In late August, some growers turned off the irrigation water to their cotton crops and planned to harvest what fiber they could.
Review these photos to see the pest culprit, its damage, and the actions by cotton leaders to bring future solutions to this problem.