Cutworms, thrips and aphids  — mostly likely.  When it comes to insect infestations, producers have to be realistic and learn how to recognize and deal with those myriad of creatures that can threaten crops and reduce yields and profit. 
 
To help producers fight the state’s most prominent insect pests, the University of Tennessee Extension presents the 2013 Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops (UT Extension PB 1768). This updated publication explores control methods for insects that threaten the state’s cotton, soybean, corn, grain sorghum, and wheat crops as well as insects that threaten the state’s pastures. The manual provides insect control recommendations that include cultural practices, variety selection, biological control and use of insecticides to manage insect pest populations.

The publication is available online at no charge on the UT Extension
publications website: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications.
UT Extension specialists Scott Stewart and Angela McClure, co-authors of the manual, recommend that producers monitor their fields during the growing season for populations of both insect pests and beneficial insects at least weekly. Decisions to apply controls should be based on thorough scouting and identification of pests, cost of insecticide, yield potential and fruit retention goals. Unnecessary applications of insecticide are not cost effective, they say. Applications of insecticides on an as-needed basis will preserve beneficial insects, reducing the likelihood of secondary pest outbreaks.

For more information, producers should consult the manual online and contact their local county UT Extension Office.


UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issue at the local, state and national levels.

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ontact:

Dr. S
cott Stewart, 731-425-4709, sdstewart@utk.edu

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