Natural Enemies are Moving In

We are starting to see natural enemies moving into the soybean fields to feed on the aphids there.  Ladybugs and syrphid fly larvae are the most evident but there have been a few fungal mummies starting to show up too, thanks to this moist week.  This cooler weather will slow down the aphids doubling rate […]

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Soybean Aphids – Do you spray this early?

I’ve had a few calls come in this week about this issue.  Some reps are starting to find about 15 – 30 aphids per plant and want to know if they should  tankmix some insecticide in with the herbicide since they have to spray the weeds this week anyway, in hopes of getting ahead of the aphid […]

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Soybean Aphid 2009 Scouting Maps

We are starting to scout our soybean sites for 2009.  Our weekly scouting results are available on the IPM PIPE Network at:  http://sba.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi?host=All%20Legumes/Kudzu&pest=soybean_aphid We will be updating these maps weekly and will include any key observations and recommendations within the commentary for both soybean aphids and bean leaf beetles.  To see the Ontario commentary, you need to […]

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2009-2010 Field Crop Protection Guide Now Available

The latest version (2009-2010) of the Field Crop Protection Guide, OMAFRA Publication 812 is now in print and available at any of the OMAFRA Resource Centres or can be purchased online at ServiceOntario (see link below).  This book contains the latest in recommended control products for field crop insect pests and diseases.  Cost is $15. https://www.publications.serviceontario.ca/ecom/MasterServlet/GetItemDetailsHandler?iN=0812E&qty=1&viewMode=3&loggedIN=false&JavaScript=y […]

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Soybean Aphids on Soys in Michigan Now too

Chris DiFonzo just notified me that she has found soybean aphids on early planted soybeans in Michigan. This is a very good indication that Ontario could have aphids on any soys that have emerged. Try to get out and scout fields between the rains this week. If anyone finds fields with aphids in them,  please notify […]

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Soybean Aphids on Soybeans in Iowa

On the conference call with my US counterparts yesterday, it was mentioned that fields in NE Iowa are starting to see soybean aphids colonize soybeans there. This is a good indication that once our soys are emerging we should be scouting fields once a week to monitor for aphids. Particularly those4 fields that are first […]

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Armyworm Spotted in Essex County

The first report of spraying for armyworm in sweet corn in Essex County came in today. We are not sure how heavy of infestation to expect in other fields but wheat and newly emerging corn fields should be scouted in Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin and Middlesex counties asap.  Armyworm reports from Essex tend to give […]

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Cutworm Cutting

Thanks for the Heads-up Bob Buis!  Bob reports that he has seen a field with 5% of the plants cut by cutworm in the Lighthouse Cove (Tilbury) area. Cutting indicates that the cutworm larvae are bigger and more mature and may be difficult to control.  Now that corn fields are emerging, they need to be scouted every […]

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Not much happening yet

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 slugs […]

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Alfalfa Weevil and Armyworm

Alfalfa Weevil – We are starting to see a lot more alfalfa weevil larvae in the fields we are scouting.  Many fields in southwestern Ontario are ready or close to being ready to be cut.  I know you are busy trying to get everything planted finally, but I encourage guys to get out and cut the hay (if field is […]

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Handy Search Site for Product Labels

I’m heading out to the fields today so I will have more to report on tonight.  But at the breakfast meeting yesterday a question about a product label came up and I thought it would be handy to provide you with the link to PMRA’s Label Search Site at:  http://pr-rp.pmra-arla.gc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=34,17551&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL Use the drop down menu […]

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