Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
Scrapfe: I haven't heard of spraying on the scale you describe up here but your point is one I have been trying to make for some time...
Cotton is the #1 value added crop in American agriculture.

jim, unlike corn, wheat or soybeans, cotton has no insect enemies. It seems that every insect LOVES cotton, eating cotton that is.
A partial list is: boll weevils, pink boll worms, boll worms (the same species as the corn ear worm)
http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG271/corn_sorgh...n_earworm.html
http://wiki.bugwood.org/Archive:SEIPM/Cotton_Insects
tobacco bud worm, thrips, two spotted spider mites, cabbage leaf lopper, banded wing white flies, tarnished plant bugs, cut worms and a platoon of army worms. Some times an insecticide that controls one pest causes a population explosion in another because beneficial insects are killed.

Also remember that cotton is a perennial and if cotton is grown in areas without a killing frost and provided with enough water, cotton will grow into a large shrub or a small tree. To the insect world this makes a stalk of cotton the 401k or trust fund plant of American agricultural.

Here is a chart that shows a 1,000% or higher insecticide use on Alabama cotton verses cotton grown in some other places.
http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/bt_cotton.html
Here is an example of how Bt cotton and the boll weevil eradication program (using pesticides in a smart way) has benefited bees. Bt corn has done the same thing.
http://www.cotton.org/tech/pest/boll...adication4.cfm
the above link should be read by everyone regardless of your views on pesticides.