True Armyworm Survey

This article was written by Tracey Baute, Entomologist- Field Crops and Joanna Follings, Cereals Specialist True armyworm (Figure 1) has been reported in a number of regions in the province including but not limited to Grey, Bruce, Simcoe, Haldimand, Niagara, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Oxford, Perth, and Bruce counties.  Armyworm has been found at low levels […]

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July 2018 Forage Report

percent of average rainfall Ontario July 2018

Map shows the percent of average rainfall received across Ontario in July, 2018 Lab analyses indicate that quality decline for first cut was very fast, and test results range from low to very high quality. Producers cutting based on calendar date rather than crop stage may have lower quality forages than expected. Pasture regrowth has […]

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What to Watch for in Wheat

Low levels of armyworm, cereal leaf beetles and grass sawflies have been spotted in various wheat fields over the last week. Scout to make sure these don’t get out of hand. With any of these, protecting the flag leaf is most important.  Armyworm and grass sawflies clip the wheat head off too. Armyworm feed at […]

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Weevils and What not

There have been some reports of alfalfa weevil causing damage in some stands and I was out this week to have a look at some fields. The weevils are certainly out there.  Considering that some alfalfa fields are hurting from frost damage, some produces may consider holding off on the first cut to let the […]

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Pest Alerts for this Week

It was a busy weekend for pest activity. Flea beetles in canola continue to be a problem in some areas of the province, particularly Owen Sound, New Liskeard and Meaford.   This hot weather is ideal for them to get ahead of the crop.  Scout frequently to determine if thresholds have been reached. The Ontario […]

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True Armyworm in Wheat in Exeter!

It is a strange season.  Things that shouldn’t be happening yet are and it is really messing us all up in terms of catching things in time before they become a problem. I just had a call from Laura Neubrand that she has found true armyworm in a late planted wheat field near Exeter that […]

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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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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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