Minutes taken by Dan Docking.
lack of alfalfa regrowth,
fungicide on corn,
leaf hoppers on edible beans,
yellowing of new growth in soys, adzukis,
hail damage in corn – fungicide application and timing,
double croppi... Continue reading
First-cut hay is being finished while second-cut haylage is complete on some dairy farms. With reduced yields and acres, hay inventories are limited in some areas and record high prices are being reported.
There are still reports of armyworm, but it is declining. There were some reports of Europe... Continue reading
Canola Insect/ Disease Watch – June 28, 2012
Brian Hall, OMAFRA, Stratford
Diamond Back Moth now evident in Canola fields
Diamond back moth has occasional been an issue in Ontario canola, and is present in a number of fields that are in flowering and pod stage. It will b... Continue reading
Wondering what critter ate your timothy this spring? In addition to armyworm, there was also some European skipper (Thymelicus lineola) damage to timothy and other forage grasses. While it is typically fairly isolated, in 2012, the "year of the forage insect", we had an unusually high number of re... Continue reading
Rainfall has been sporadic across the region. Crops like corn are showing some drought stress with curling, pointed leaves. Areas south of Ottawa are fairing better with conditions dryer the further up the valley. Currently we are running about 150 Crop Heat Units ahead of the long-term normal for t... Continue reading
Potato leafhopper (PLH) is the most damaging alfalfa insect pest in Ontario in most years. While the damage created is not as dramatic as an alfalfa weevil or armyworm outbreak, leafhopper damage is more chronic and widespread. Many farmers are unaware of the significance of PLH damage, which is oft... Continue reading
Synopsis: Rainfall over the weekend varied from 0 - 40 ml (Brussels area). High armyworm numbers can be found in a number of areas, with highest populations in Niagara and SW Ont. More reports in forage stands, but cutting of first cut providing control. Weed control and respraying is nearing c... Continue reading
First-cut hay is still underway, while 2nd-cut is starting on early-cut fields. Armyworm is still being reported in hayfields at high levels in some hot spots in western Ontario. It is also reported in central and eastern Ontario, but not yet at severe levels. Some is being sprayed, but most infes... Continue reading
Ridgetown Ag Business Meeting Minutes (June 19, 2012)
Included: Crop conditions, armyworm, Yellow corn, SCN, aphids, soybean herbicide injury and more.
NOTE: The tour of the Huron Research Station is available next Tuesday, June 26th. This was the last spring meeting for Ridgetown. A September... Continue reading
Forage yields are disappointing this year in many parts of the province. Demand for hay is very strong and hay prices are at record highs. Good fertility is essential to both yields and persistence of forage crops. Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertility management is often overlooked, but is f... Continue reading
So far, areas south of the 401 appear to be hardest hit by armyworm in southern and central Ontario. Eastern Ontario is starting to report armyworm in wheat so producers in those areas should be out scouting fields. We have been seeing quite a size variation in the armyworm larvae this year which is... Continue reading
Canola is advancing rapidly with April planted canola now bolting to 70% flower stage. Some canola stands are thin and uneven in growth which has growers questioning need or timing for fungicide. The biggest risk factors for sclerotinia are adequate soil moisture, rainfall during flowe... Continue reading
There are some “hot spots” with armyworm taking out hay fields, mostly south of the 401 in western Ontario (Niagara to Elgin County and surrounding areas) and up into Perth County. Grasses have been stripped of leaves with only stems and heads remaining. After fields are cut, armyworm feed on th... Continue reading
Included: Yellow corn, armyworm, aphids, soybean herbicide injury and more.
Synopsis: Rainfall has been good for the most part. 1.0 to 2.0 inches 10 days ago and about 0.5 inches fell last weekend. Rainfall was not a heavy downpour. Some sporadic showers came last night. There still are d... Continue reading
I’ve had a few calls in the past few days asking about armyworm and black cutworm damage in soybeans. I had the chance to get out to a few fields and found that the damage is being caused by the variegated cutworm (Peridroma saucia). The variegated cutworm is another migrating moth that comes in... Continue reading