Some corn fields may be at risk of extended WBC feeding this fall, particularly those that were late planted or are situated where egg laying occurred over a wider window. This year in particular, we are seeing a wide range of larval sizes because of the extended egg laying period that took place ... Continue reading
The 2011 season is clearly not like 2010. We are not seeing a province wide WBC peak flight like last year. Based on the trap counts that came in this week, it appears that some counties experienced peak moth flight last week (August 1st to 7th) while other counties are still going strong and ma... Continue reading
As mentioned yesterday, last week trap catches shot up significantly. I've included a graph to show just how big of a flight we are experiencing this year compared to previous years. Ontario 2009 2010 2011 Averages
I've also included an updated graph showing the counties that have been catching t... Continue reading
If you can believe it, we have not reached WBC peak moth flight yet! Trap counts continue to climb and some participants are having a hard time counting them all. During this intense period, I do recommend that our trap participants check their traps more than once a week, simply to keep on top ... Continue reading
Some scouts are starting to notice tiny WBC larvae that have hatched that crawling in the whorl or making their way down to the ear of the plants. To help you know whether they are WBC larvae, here are some photos. You can click on them to enlarge them.
They start out with spots along their b... Continue reading
Trap counts sent in to the network this week from last week’s moth catches indicate that moth flight increased dramatically. And from tweets on Twitter and emails coming in from participants, even higher numbers are being caught this week in some traps. So we haven’t quite reached peak moth ... Continue reading
Despite the heat, western bean cutworm activity is increasing. Trap catches over the past week have climbed significantly, indicating that peak flight is here or soon to be here. The counties that have accumulated the most moth catches so far include Chatham-Kent (544), Lambton (256), Middlesex ... Continue reading
I have been negligent in not mentioning the newest insecticide to be registered for WBC control in corn. I have no excuse except that I been conveying product information through links to Publication 812, Field Crop Protection Guide and the product didn't get registered for WBC control in time to ... Continue reading
Many questions are starting to come in regarding WBC. Just to help clarify what the action thresholds for western bean cutworm are, here is a quick summary:
In Corn: Scout 10 plants in a row in 10 areas of the field. In non-Bt corn or transgenic corn that does not provide any protection against... Continue reading
There is a lot happening out there. I am sure I am not aware of half of the infestations that are going on but at least I will report on what I do know.
Western bean cutworm - Hot spot egg mass locations continue to be in the Bothwell area with now fields in the Tillsonburg area also showing up wit... Continue reading
There are a few fields in the Bothwell/Cairo area that are already above threshold for western bean cutworm. The fields we are finding most of the eggs in are those that are the most advanced in growth stage for that area. The fields we have found eggs in so far have all been transgenic corn fi... Continue reading
We are starting to see an increase in moth catches in our WBC trap network though we are still behind compared to last year. Last year by this week we were catching 10 moths per trap. We are not close to that yet. However, things could change quickly. Storm fronts can help bring in large mas... Continue reading
There is a bit of confusion out there amongst our trap participants who are trying to identify their catches. Western bean cutworm (WBC) has a few look a likes. Plus Large Yellow Underwing moths are flying around this year which is confusing matters. Pay extra attention to the details that are... Continue reading
A few of our WBC trap network participants reported catching moths in their traps last week. This is a week later than last year. Moths were found at a few trap locations scattered across the province. And more reports are coming in this week from those out checking traps during this weeks' tr... Continue reading
It's been quite a week and it's only Tuesday. Many of you are calling about one of these pest issues so hopefully I can help answer all of your questions here.
Grass Sawfly in Wheat: Once you start to see sawfly feeding (see previous blog for pics and details) the feeding damage is nearly done.... Continue reading