FAISALABAD: Cotton crop has witnessed a tremendous growth due to favorable climate and proper pest scouting which will reciprocally help in getting bumper production. Agriculture experts told The Express Tribune that the May sown cotton crop is of about 175 days with 4.5-5 feet height by the third week of October 2011. The infection of Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) was recorded at 24.6% spots which are very low as compared to 62.84% spots during the same week of last year. The experts further said
that the attack of whitefly had also recorded a decreasing trend due to favorable climate. Similarly, the infestation of Jassid, mealy bug and boll and army worms remained low, the experts added.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2011.