|Here is a close-up photo of aphids. -- UC IPM Photo|
|Aphids are found on the back of a cotton plant leaf.|
|Honeydew residue creates a sheen on a cotton plant leaf.|
|Parasitic wasps can help control aphids. -- UC IPM photo|
Overall, cotton development is progressing well. Growers are irrigating their fields for the third time this season. The plants are at about 12 to 13 fruiting branches.
In alfalfa, growers are preparing for another harvest. So far, it appears many growers have enough water available for another cutting.
Carlos reminds growers to continue leaving strips of uncut alfalfa to create a habitat for lygus bugs and keep them migrating to nearby cotton fields. “There still is a lot of lygus in the alfalfa fields,” he notes.