Stink bug decision aid tool: With stink bugs in cotton, we now have a very straightforward scouting tool in the form of a field decision aid to help scouts select correct boll sizes for examination, recognize the appropriate internal boll wall damage and follow a dynamic boll damage threshold that changes by week of bloom.

It’s helpful to remind scouts and producers that stink bug damage often varies greatly from year to year and from field to field. Our best bet in economically managing stink bugs is to make threshold-based spray decisions. In a given year it’s not unusual for threshold-based sprays to vary between zero and three or four applications throughout the state depending on stink bug levels and cotton plant susceptibility.

Web-based stink bug app: We hope to have a web-based stink bug decision aid app (an on line version of the field card with significantly more information) posted in the next 4 weeks, accessible from laptops, desk tops, tablets smart phones and other internet enabled devices. This app will provide a stink bug ID guide, list scouting steps, illustrate internal boll damage symptoms, list thresholds by week of bloom and link to other related areas of interest. More on this in the coming weeks.

Cotton and soybean scouting schools: Beginning with next week’s Pest News, we will begin listing the locations, dates and times of our upcoming July cotton and soybean insect scouting schools.

Insect updates: To listen to our Wednesday cotton insect updates, just go to the Cotton Insect Hotline or call the Extension Teletip number 1-800-662-7301 and press “2” at the prompt (pressing “1” will take you to a soybean rust update last recorded by Jim Dunphy in 2011).

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