Learn about tarnished plant bugs, the damage they can cause in cotton, and how to protect your plants.
A PREVALENT PROBLEM
Tarnished plant bugs are a major pest for cotton growers. Species that commonly infest cotton include Lygus hesperus and Lygus lineolaris.
DAMAGE AND REDUCED YIELD POTENTIAL
Cotton is susceptible to tarnished plant bug injury during the early squaring period. Tarnished plant bugs use their piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on squares, flowers and bolls. Small squares and bolls that have been injured will often shed from the plant, leading to reduced yield potential or delayed crop maturity.
To combat tarnished plant bugs, cotton growers continue to rely on foliar insecticide treatments. But because of insecticide resistance (including pyrethroids and organophosphates) and/or difficulty obtaining adequate coverage in larger cotton, a single application of insecticide may not effectively control heavy established populations of tarnished plant bugs.
SEASON-LONG PROTECTION WITH THRYVON™ TECHNOLOGY**
There are numerous challenges when combating tarnished plant bugs: pressure may vary, weather can change, and foliar treatments can disrupt beneficial insects. But with ThryvOn Technology, growers will have access to the industry’s first biotech trait that will provide consistent built-in protection against tarnished plant bugs*** and may help reduce the need for some insecticide applications.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THRYVON™ TECHNOLOGY
*Survey results of 231 farmers who planted 150+ acres of cotton in Delta (Mid-South), Southeast, West Texas and East Texas in 2019.
**Pending regulatory approvals. ThryvOn™ Technology is not currently available for commercial sale or commercial planting. Commercialization is dependent on multiple factors, including the successful conclusion of the regulatory process. ThryvOn Technology may not be registered in all states. Check with your state pesticide regulatory agency for the registration status in your state.
***ThryvOn™ Technology has proven protection against tobacco thrips (Frankliniella fusca); Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis); tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris); and the Western Tarnished Plant bug (Lygus hesperus).