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.
Wheat head armyworms are becoming more common, and thus more conspicuous, throughout north central and south central Kansas. This insect is only a very minor pest most years, but there are always a few (>1%) infesting most wheat fields.
True armyworms appear in SW Missouri (05/23/14)
Armyworms showing up in wheat (05/19/14)
Afternoon Comments 07/28
The wheat markets remained generally weak. Wheat futures have been blessed with little news lately, but today’s Export Inspections report likely disappointed bulls. The published figure at 396,000 tonnes fell slightly below the forecast range. Futures actually bounced from overnight lows, but also failed at moving average resistance Sunday night. September CBOT wheat settled down 3.25 cents at $5.3475/bushel Monday afternoon, while September KC wheat slumped 5.75 cents to $6.255/bushel, and September MWE wheat dropped 6.5 cents to $6.2125.