Pest Management

There are numerous types of pests that infest cotton, including but not limited to weeds, insects, nematodes, and disease organisms. Each of these groups of pests has the ability to negatively impact cotton yields, and all affect other crops as well, making them particularly important.

Diseased Cotton Roots

Disease Management:Disease incidence and severity in a given field are determined by environmental factors such as soil temperature and moisture conditions and by other factors such as seed quality and vigor.


Insect Management: Insects can be important yield-limiting factors in the production of cotton in South Carolina, and numerous types of insects are capable of causing feeding injury to the crop.

Nematode in cotton

Nematode Management: Nematodes pose a serious threat to cotton production in South Carolina. Each year nematodes claim over 5% of the possible cotton production in South Carolina.


Weed Management: Weed management systems should prevent weed interference, be economical and sustainable, reduce weed seed bank in soil, prevent weed resistance and neither injure cotton, reduce quality, or lint yield.