The best approach to managing insect pests in cotton is preventative control. Bayer offers season-long insect control options from Bt trait cotton varieties, to seed treatments, to foliar insecticide products.*
Planting a dual Bt trait variety – such as TwinLink®, which is available in all new Stoneville® and FiberMax® varieties – protects against worm pests such as budworm, bollworm and armyworm.
A good seed treatment is an excellent way to control insects and protect cotton above and below the ground. The Bayer portfolio of seed treatment products offers the best seed-applied solutions available on the market today, from seedling disease protection to protection against early-season insects and nematodes.
For areas with a history of early-season insect infestations, growers can use Aeris® insecticide/nematicide seed treatment, which offers broad-spectrum protection against insect pests such as cutworms and thrips as well as reniform and root knot nematodes. Aeris offers growers two effective modes of action against thrips to ensure protection and manage resistance development.
An in-furrow, at-plant product, Velum® Total insecticide/nematicide delivers wide-spectrum, long-lasting control of nematodes and early-season cotton insects, including thrips, aphids, fleahoppers and whiteflies.
When insect population levels warrant foliar insecticide applications, cotton growers can choose from Baythroid® XL and Leverage® 360 insecticides. Baythroid XL, a pyrethroid, performs on a broad spectrum of insect pests, with fast knockdown and long residual control. Leverage® 360 with Stress Shield™ protection enhances a crop’s ability to handle a variety of abiotic and biotic stresses, such as stink bugs and bollworms, thereby maximizing yields. Its two modes of action offer rapid knockdown and residual protection. Application timing should be based on careful scouting and local economic thresholds.
*Please read the entire label for the best possible results and to confirm that the product is effective on the pest you need to control. Not every product is suitable for every situation nor registered for use in every state, and correct application techniques will ensure the best results. Baythroid XL and Leverage 360 are Restricted Use Pesticides.