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Brown wheat mites (BWM) have been confirmed in several sites in western South Dakota. These spider mites belong to the family Tetranychidae, the same mite family as the two-spotted spider mites. They also do well in dry conditions, said Ada Szczepaniec assistant professor, SDSU Extension entomologist.
Bird cherry-oat aphids and greenbugs may begin to show up in April on wheat fields in Kansas. If aphid populations begin to increase as the weather warms up, producers will have to decide whether fields should be sprayed to control them.
After a challenging and drought-plagued 2012, cereal growers are eager to get back out in the fields for spring planting. Achieving a strong, healthy stand is top of mind for many growers as they finalize their plans for this year’s spring wheat crop.
Stop BYDV in wheat with aphid control (10/04/12)