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Insect Management

The table below shows the various factors that growers say are very important in making insecticide choices.

While ‘effectiveness’ is understandably the most important factor, these results indicate that there are a variety of additional factors that are influencing how Southeastern growers are making insecticide choices. These include how beneficial insects are effected and issues related to insecticide resistance that are increasingly emerging.

The great majority of growers (92.7%) typically manage thrips. The figure below shows the proportion of growers who say they use each of the various strategies to manage thrips either often or always.

Results indicate that the use of systemic insecticides in-furrow, foliar applications, and using treated seed are widely used practices. All of these approaches have been the subject of SSP research. The use of thrips resistant varieties has also been the subject of SSP research, but has not been widely adopted.

 

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