Despite all this rain, pests are still doing quite well out there, as long as they have something to eat. We had a lot of snow cover this winter which has helped insulate any insects that overwinter and the cool wet soils are helping these soil pests remain active. Some are just waiting for th... Continue reading
It was a great summer. Even though some fields didn't see a lot of moisture, many had just enough to keep slugs going for most of the season. I often found slugs on soybean or dry bean plants even during the middle of summer. And now with all of the corn scouting we have been doing this month,... Continue reading
Gaps in the stand are starting to show this week. Aside from the typical culprits, moist soils can promote the less often accused.
Millipedes are typically a beneficial arthropod that breaks down crop debris and decaying plant material. However, in the last few years, we've been seeing more d... Continue reading
I'm getting quite a few calls about slugs taking out soybean plantings not once but sometimes twice in the same field. It has been an ideal spring for slugs with all of this wet cool weather. And last fall was wet too, which helped all those slugs lay eggs and survive in these problem fields... Continue reading
Since there is not much crop up yet to spot feeding injury on, there really is not much happening yet on the insect front. However, anyone that did push planting and planted into too wet or cool soils, or deep planted may start seeing some issues when the crops starts to emerge. Millipedes and s... Continue reading