Montana State University and wheat growers across the state are working together to protect the state’s billion-dollar wheat industry from a tiny orange midge capable of inflicting major damage to the crop.
We don’t know what the insect pressure will be like later on yet this year. What we can do, however, is remind agronomists and crop consultants what we think are the most important insects for you to watch for in each of three key crops: corn, soybeans and wheat.
Colonies of bird cherry-oat aphid were spotted in winter wheat at Draper in South Dakota last week. As winter wheat is heading toward booting stage, careful monitoring of populations by frequent scouting is highly recommended.
True armyworms appear in SW Missouri (05/23/14)
Armyworms showing up in wheat (05/19/14)
Afternoon Comments 08/20
The wheat markets turned decidedly lower Wednesday. Although recent news has seemed somewhat supportive of wheat market prospects, futures proved unable to sustain their early-week rebound. Indeed, the fact that they seemed to fail at pivotal technical resistance associated with 40-day moving averages today may have set the stage for larger declines. September CBOT wheat tumbled 6.5 cents to $5.395/bushel at its Wednesday settlement, while September KC wheat dropped 5.75 cents to $6.1875/bushel, and September MWE wheat slumped 6.5 to $6.1025.