New Tool to Help in Fight Against Thrips

Cotton farmers in the Carolinas now have a new tool to use in their fight against thrips.

Thrips are common pests that cotton growers battle every year, especially in the early season. These thrips are less than 2 millimeters long and vary in color from yellow to dark brown. Thrips injury is a function of plant growth and thrips dispersal from maturing winter weeds to cotton. A slow growing plant and lots of thrips can mean lots of injury. To help counter the pest, Clemson and NC State University researchers have developed an online tool called the Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton (TIP).

Jeremy Greene is a Clemson professor of entomology at the Edisto Research and Education Center. He says changing planting dates can greatly mitigate the risk of damage caused by thrips…

Once the data was crunched, the final result was impressive…

Dr. Greene says the tool takes that information inputted by planters and produces a prediction…

Equipped with the new knowledge, farmers can make an educated decision about their cotton crop…

Dr. Greene says the easy-to-operate TIPS tool is equally easy to find…

(Photo credit: University of Georgia)