Exeter Breakfast Meeting Minutes – Huron Research Station, June 26, 2012

Minutes taken by Dan Docking. Issues Raised. lack of alfalfa regrowth, fungicide on corn, cutworm, leaf hoppers on edible beans, armyworm spraying, yellowing of new growth in soys, adzukis, hail damage in corn – fungicide application and timing, soybean aphids, double cropping soybeans.  Alfalfa Regrowth Based on the tough, dry spring many alfalfa plants lack […]

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Forage Report – June 28, 2012

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 European skipper feeding damage to forage grasses, […]

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European Skipper Damage To Timothy

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 reports. Damage and larvae were confused with […]

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Potato Leafhopper In Alfalfa

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 often blamed on the hot, dry […]

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Forage Report – June 20, 2012

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 infested fields are being harvested. […]

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Armyworm Update

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 likely […]

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Look out for these Insects and Diseases

Synopsis  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 flowering, 48-72 hours of wetness in canopy for infection to […]

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Forage Report – June 13, 2012

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 the windrow for a day […]

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