Fun with Insects and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Hi Everyone.  I realize that I haven’t been blogging lately but I didn’t want to bog you down with frivolous things during busy times.  That said, I did want to take the time to wish you all a wonderful and safe Holiday.   And I wish you nothing but the best for 2010.  If you have […]

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More Western Bean Cutworm Damage Sightings to Add to the List

More reports of WBC damage are coming in.  Here is an updated list of sites with damage and or larvae found in Ontario: Chatham- Kent (Dover Centre, Bothwell) Lambton (Petrolia) Middlesex (Wardsville, Appin, Glencoe) Elgin (Rodney) Huron (Blyth, Clinton, Exeter, Dashwood, Holmesville, Belgrave) Bruce (Walkerton, Kincardine) Simcoe (Alliston, Barrie, Stayner) Durham (Kinsale, Lindsay, Brooklin) Victoria […]

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Aphids Coming and Going

I have had a few calls from some reps and growers who have been amazed and delighted and some who have been frustrated and frazzled this week.  But I’m in it with you, believe me.  Soybean aphids seem to be very active right now, developing winged generations and have been moving from one field to another for […]

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When can we stop scouting for aphids

The current threshold of 250 aphids per plant and increasing should be followed to the end of the R5 stage of soybeans.    The R5 stage is known as the “Beginning Seed” stage, when the pods on the top 4 nodes of the plant have a tiny seed developing inside them.  Once the soybeans start to […]

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Western Bean Cutworm Levels High in Michigan

Some counties in Michigan have been given the recommendation to spray their dry beans due to the high moth counts and observations of pod feeding at some locations.  Montcalm County (central Michigan) in particular is at the highest risk with some trap sites capturing over 400-500 moths in the last few weeks.  Isabella, Gratiot and Mecosta counties are also considered […]

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Spray the Buggers and Be Done With Them?

I have been getting more calls this week with people wanting to spray the aphids just to take care of them..even if they are not at threshold.  Most realize that the natural enemies are going to get killed but they also assume 100% kill of the aphids and struggle to understand how the aphids can […]

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Scouting for Soybean Aphids is Advised

A recent summer migration of soybean aphids in Ontario has resulted in many new fields having a fair number of aphids in them now.  Fields that were scouted a week or two ago and were found to have very few aphids could now be closer to threshold than you think.  Scouting is advised.  Scout Cruiser […]

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Spidermites, Aphids and Western Bean Cutworm

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, especially around or just after […]

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To Spray or Not to Spray the Aphids

A lot of calls are coming in this week from growers and reps who have fields that are hovering around the 250 aphids per plant range.  With the poor weather and wheat harvest some are anxious to make the call if they need to spray.  In fact, there are some rumours out there that some are spraying […]

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