The threat to the cotton crop started with dry weather in May and continued with the wet weather in June in July. This prevented producers from getting the seeds in the ground. It also caused the crop to be a month behind. Producers are also dealing with Stink Bugs . Auburn University Emeritus Professor Ron Smith said the pesky bug is destroying their crop. "The Stink Bug can damage up to a least a half of a bolls on a plant. I've seen up to 50 percent boll damage."
Smith said this is the most Stink Bugs he’s seen in the last three years. He said the insects could stick around until October. “We're back in the Stink Bug business and here in the Wiregrass area where we have a combination of peanut and cotton that's the worst case scenario.”
Typically growers have sprayed pesticides by now, but the over saturated ground has prevented them from getting into the fields.