Pest Management

Information on boll weevils, cotton nematodes, and cotton seedling diseases.

Weed Resistance
Recognizing that herbicide resistance is a growing threat to efficient cotton production, the National Cotton Council is escalating its educational effort to help producer manage this problem.

2018 Dicamba Use Regulations

This chart, compiled by the Dicamba Task Force of the Pesticide Policy Coalition, includes regulations for dicamba use in 2018 for Cotton Belt states - where they differ from the federal requirements. Producers, however, are urged to check with their state regulatory agencies regarding regulations for 2018. The chart will be updated as the NCC is informed of changes to state regulations.

Boll Weevil Eradication Program
The Boll Weevil Eradication Program has helped thousands of U.S. cotton growers become more competitive by reducing their input costs, and has helped the environment.

Cotton Nematode Research and Education Program
This Cotton Foundation project, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, provides producers, consultants, extension personnel and others useful information on detecting and controlling cotton's "hidden enemies".

Pink Bollworm Eradication
The objective of this program is to eradicate the pink bollworm from all cotton producing areas of the United States and adjacent areas of northern Mexico. The pink bollworm is costing U.S. cotton producers over $32 million each year in control costs and yield losses.

Pest-Free U.S. Cotton Through Control, Ginning and Compression
The research summarized by Ed Hughs in his presentation to a group of Ecuadorian phytosanitary officials highlights information that was critical to decisions that allowed unrestricted cotton bale movement and at the same time protected producer and federal investments in boll weevil and pink bollworm eradication programs.

Cotton Pest Loss Data

Disease Database
Weed Classed Bales
Weed Database
(the above links are
Excel spreadsheets)

Crop Insect Loss Data by Year
(links to Mississippi State site)