Delayed planting increases the need to scout for pests
"Black cutworm has the potential to be a big problem this year," Michel said. "Some growers may count on seed treatments or Bt hybrids for control, but seed treatments alone won't control cutworm, and not all Bt events work on cutworm.
"So some growers may think they are protected when they aren't."
More information on black cutworm can be found at ohioline.osu.edu/ent-fact/pdf/0035.pdf or extension.entm.purdue.edu/pestcrop/2014/issue6/index.html#moths.
* Cereal leaf beetle on wheat: Both adult cereal leaf beetles and eggs were spotted in some wheat fields last week, which is a concern as both adults and larvae can cause defoliation. However, since larvae can do the most damage, growers should scout their fields for larvae, which are small, black, and resemble bird droppings. Heavily infested fields will have a frosty appearance due to the type of feeding this pest does. Growers statewide should check their fields and those who spot an average of two or more larva per stem should treat their fields with insecticides to prevent yield loss.
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