Pest Identification: Rice, Cotton and Peanuts | Florida Approval #25991


1 CEU: Click COURSE DETAILS for approved categories
This course discusses proper insect identification for rice, cotton, and peanuts. Each pest and pathogen are identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit



Pest Identification:
Rice, Cotton, and Peanuts

This course is approved for 1 CEU in the following categories:

  • Ag Row Crop Pest Control
  • Private Applicator Ag Pest Control
  • Demonstration and Research

Maximum CEUs earned: 1

Course Description

Rice Insect Pests. This section details the major and the minor pests commonly associated with rice crops. These include weevils, stink bugs, armyworms, aphids, borers, midges and more. Students will learn to identify insects at various stages of maturity and to recognize specific insects based on the damage done to the crop.

Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies. This section will demonstrate how to identify insect pests in cotton, and outline the most common management strategies. Major insect pests in cotton include thrips, plant bugs, stink bugs, bollworm, budworm, beet armyworm, fall armyworm, spider mites, and others.

Peanut Insect Pests.  This section will cover the major pests commonly associated with peanut crops. These include thrips, cutworms, lesser cornstalk borer, threecornered alfalfa hopper, rednecked peanutworm, peanut burrower bug, and several defoliators.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the most common insect pests of rice, the damage they cause, and prevention methods for each.
  • Describe the impact these pests have on the yield and quality of rice grain.
  • Identify various insect pests typically found in cotton.
  • Develop management strategies to control these pests.
  • Discuss the most common insect pests of peanuts, the damage they cause, and prevention methods for each. 

Chapter 1 – Rice Insect Pests 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Rice
    • Grape Colaspis (Lespedeza Worm)
    • Rice Water Weevil
    • Rice Stink Bug
  • Minor Insect Pests of Rice
    • Stem Borers
    • Billbug
    • Grasshoppers
    • Fall Armyworm and True Armyworm
    • Chinch Bug
    • Aphids
    • Rice Seed Midges

Chapter 2 – Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Cotton
    • Thrips
    • Tarnished Plant Bug
    • Clouded Plant Bug
    • Stink Bugs
    • Bollworms
    • Tobacco Budworm
    • Beet Armyworm
    • Fall Armyworm
    • Spider Mites
  • Minor Insect Pests of Cotton
    • Loopers
    • Cutworms
    • Cotton Aphids
    • Cotton Fleahopper
    • Saltmarsh Caterpillar
    • Whiteflies

Chapter 3 – Peanut Insect Pests 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Peanut 
    • Thrips
    • Cutworms
    • Lesser Cornstalk Borer
    • Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper
    • Defoliators 
      • Corn Earworm
      • Tobacco budworm
      • Armyworms (fall, beet)
      • Veletbean caterpillar
      • Loopers (cabbage, soybean)
    • Rednecked Peanutworm
    • Peanut Burrower Bug

Final Assessment 

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