WBC Trap Catch Graphs

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 the highest average number moths per […]

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WBC Trap Counts Still Climbing!

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 of […]

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Young Western Bean Cutworm Larvae

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 […]

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Stem Canker in Soybean

The conditions this year have resulted in a number of soybean diseases starting early and northern stem canker is one such disease. In most years, stem canker symptoms become apparent later in the seasonafter flowering. This year stem canker started earlier with seedling damping off and early season wilting symptoms which is as stated above […]

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Management Tips for Dwarf Bunt

The following harvest and storage management tips for dwarf bunt infected fields can help increase sample quality: Cut high with the combine Wheat infected with dwarf bunt will be substantially shorter than healthy plants. Raising the header will reduce the amount of bunt balls harvested. Harvest below 15% Bunt balls and spores that are dry […]

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To Switch or Not to Switch Hybrids

Rain! Rain! Go away and come back another day (preferably June, July and August)! At this time it would be premature to switch from adapted hybrids to shorter season hybrids. When field conditions delay planting and necessitate switching to less than full-season hybrids, factors to consider in this decision include yield potential of shorter-season hybrids, […]

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Top Counties Catching WBC Moths So Far

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 flight yet here in Ontario.  The […]

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Western Bean Cutworm Activity Increasing

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 (244), Huron (206), Haldimand-Norfolk (138), Essex (155) and Elgin […]

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