SPIDERMITES: I have a sneaking suspicion that spidermites are making their way into those fields that haven't had rain in a while. We have had situations in the past where not only have they popped up in soybeans and were being disregarded as "drought stress" symptoms but also in seed corn, espec... Continue reading
This is a ladybeetle larvae. They can be black or a dull grey/purple with orange or yellow markings. If they are shaped like an alligator, they are a ladybeetle larvae. It will be an adult ladybeetle soon. Both the larvae and adults feed on aphids.
The black velvet colou... Continue reading
Calls have been coming in from several areas across the province reporting fields that have reached threshold and need to be sprayed. The most recent hotspots include Huron County along lake Huron, Bruce County near Tara, fields north of Barrie, York and Durham and a large number of acres between... Continue reading
Now that we are getting into the R1 (beginning bloom) stage of soybeans, we have a bunch of research to do on soybean aphids including trying different combinations of water volume, pressure and nozzle configurations and testing new novel insecticides for future registrations. But we need sites.... Continue reading
It is a strange season. Things that shouldn't be happening yet are and it is really messing us all up in terms of catching things in time before they become a problem.
I just had a call from Laura Neubrand that she has found true armyworm in a late planted wheat field near Exeter that has 3 to 4 ... Continue reading
High aphid numbers are being found in fields in counties bordering Lake Simcoe (Simcoe, Durham and Victoria). Spraying has been necessary in many of the fields that have been scouted. Scouting is advised in all fields in that region, starting first with the fields that were not treated with Cru... Continue reading
First off, I apologize for not updating the blog for the last little while. I've been busy with setting up the SouthWest Diagnostic Days and just ran out of time. But let me catch you up on a few things that have taken place but I am also hoping that others who have been out in fields more than ... Continue reading