Cotton Pest Solutions

Crop Development Stage Pest Damage/Symptoms Caused Control Strategy Comment
Vegetative growth Aphids Leaf curling. With heavy infestation a black sooty covering of the leaves and stem will appear as a result of the honey due produced by the insects. Seed treatment with Cruiser 350FS at 300g/100kg seed Seed treatment with Cruiser 350 FS gives the crop a healthy start enabling it to withstand pest attack even if their numbers may not be noticeable. Cruiser 350 FS will give up 6 weeks protection to the young plant
  Jassids Leaf curling downwards and yellowing starting from the leaf margins Seed treatment with Cruiser at 300g/100kg seed  
Flowering and early boll formation Aphids Appearance of greasy black sooty material covering the leaves and stem. Apply Fenom Plus at 625mls/ha Aphid attack at this time will result in reduction in cotton quality
  Bollworms Abortion of flowers called flared squares. Attacked immature bolls drop off. Apply Polytrin Ka or Fenom Plus at 625mls/ha or Karate 5EC at 400mls/ha. Repeat application at two weeks interval Heavy infestations may result in total loss of the crop
  Mature bolls Cotton strainers Apply Polytrin Ka or Fenom Plus at 625mls/ha. Staining of cotton lint resulting in reduced quality