September 10, 2015
Two years ago, a new pest menace to California cotton - the brown stink bug - infested fields in the state's Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. The pest has now caused damaged in cotton for three consecutive growing seasons.
Riverside and northern Imperial counties are the only cotton-growing areas known to have the bug.
Cotton losses have been significant. This August, some growers turned off the irrigation water to their cotton crops and planned to harvest what fiber they could.
Review these photos to see the pest culprit, its damage, and learn about the actions by cotton leaders to bring solutions to this problem.
Click on the link below to read the Western Farm Press article on the BSB - California cotton issue.
Cary Blake, Editor, Western Farm Press
About the Author(s)
Editor, Western Farm Press
Cary Blake, associate editor with Western Farm Press, has 32 years experience as an agricultural journalist. Blake covered Midwest agriculture for 25 years on a statewide farm radio network and through television stories that blanketed the nation.
Blake traveled West in 2003. Today he reports on production agriculture in California and Arizona.
Blake is a native Mississippian, graduate of Mississippi State University, and a former Christmas tree grower.
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