In this week’s Georgia Cotton Commission update we want to explain the new Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton online tool. This thrips model was produced at NC State with collaboration from cotton entomologist across the Southeast, including UGA’s Phillip Roberts and Mike Toews. This model will help producers understand how bad thrips may be in a given field based on planting date, temperature, rainfall, and prior knowledge about the biology of thrips themselves. Given these parameters, growers can used this model, which features a Google Map style interface, to drop a pin at their field location and select a planting date. The model will produce a chart that shows how likely thrips are to infest that location at that planting date and other similar planting dates. The level of thrips activity indicated in this model should give producers a good indicator of which thrips management strategies are necessary during early seedling growth. This model is another great tool available for farmers to use in preparation for this year’s cotton crop. To find the model, visit the UGA Cotton Team’s website at http://www.UGACotton.com.