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Farmers warned of sucking pest as cotton enters flower, fruit stage.

MULTAN -- Director, Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan, Dr Zahid Mahmood, said on Tuesday that cotton crop was facing pest attack particularly the sucking pest at a time when it was experiencing the critical fruit and flower stage.

Cotton was passing through an important phase of fruit and flower and even a small lapse can result in bigger loss, the expert warned growers in a statement issued here.

Farmers should conduct pest scouting regularly. Giving details on how to perform pest scouting, Dr Zahid said farmers should enter a five-acre field walking parallel to longer side and after taking a few steps pluck a full size leaf from upper portion of a plant and count number of pests. Then take a few more steps and pluck a leaf from middle portion of another plant and count pests and then take few more steps and take a leaf from bottom of the plant and count pests.

Farmers should complete pest counting of 20 plants in this way, he said adding that pest scouting should be done in a way that it makes clear the situation of the whole field. Then farmers should calculate average number of pests on a leaf.

Farmers should apply suitable pesticides after consulting experts provided the average number of pests on a leaf reaches economic threshold level (ETL), the release concluded.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 28, 2019
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