Aphid populations in wheat
Bird cherry-oat aphid thresholds: Treatment is justified if 12-15 or more aphids are present per foot of row during the seedling stage in the fall through head formation the following year.
Greenbug thresholds: Scout several locations in the field to determine number of aphids present per linear foot of row. Treatment is justified if the average number of greenbug per linear foot of row are 50 or more greenbug on wheat with less than 3 tillers, 100–300 aphids or more on 3-6 inch height wheat with 3 or more tillers, or 300-500 aphids or more on 6-10 inch height wheat prior to harvest.
Regardless of aphid species present, producers should consider the number of beneficial insects present (examples: adults and larvae of pink ladybugs and other species of ladybird beetles, parasitic wasps), the stage and condition of the wheat plants, and whether the wheat is under additional stressors such as drought. The presence of high numbers of beneficial insects will increase the threshold and reduce the need for insecticides, whereas, increased stress on plants will call for lower thresholds as stressed plants are less able to withstand aphid infestations. If economic threshold levels of bird-cherry oat aphids have been reached or exceeded, use one of the following recommended insecticides. Insecticide efficacy will be greatest on days when temperatures reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.
INSECTICIDE RECOMMENDATIONS 2012 - WHEAT Aphids
|GREENBUG APHID - Schizaphis graminum (Rodani)
BIRD CHERRY-OAT APHID - Rhopalosiphum padi (L.)
ENGLISH GRAIN APHID - Sitobion avenae (Fabricius)
CORN LEAF APHID - Rhopalosiphum (Fitch)
YELLOW SUGARCANE APHID - Sipha flava (Forbes)
|Comments: Greenbug Aphids tend to be occasional problems on winter wheat in fall of year and again the following spring when winged aphids migrate into the state from more southern locations. Treatment is justified if 25 to 50 or more aphids are present per linear foot of row during early seedling stage (1 or 2 tillers present). Later stages of wheat rarely require aphid control. Other control strategies include use of greenbug resistant wheat varieties and preservation of beneficial insect populations by avoiding nonessential insecticide applications.
Bird Cherry-oat Aphid has increased in importance in Missouri wheat during the past few years. This insect builds in numbers during fall and may transmit barley yellow dwarf virus to wheat plants during this period. It has been found overwintering in Missouri wheat fields and builds in numbers the following spring. Economic damage is mainly caused by the barley yellow dwarf virus although this aphid does suck plant juices from wheat plants by using its piercing sucking mouthpart. Recent Missouri wheat trials indicate that both fall and spring populations of this aphid can cause substantial yield reductions in some years. Based on these data, the economic threshold for bird cherry-oat aphids is to treat when 12 to 25 aphids or more per linear foot of row from seedling emergence in the fall to heading of plants the following year.
English Grain Aphid does not transmit barley yellow dwarf so damage to wheat is only through feeding which removes plant juices. The economic threshold for this aphid is to treat when populations of 100 or more aphids per tiller are present.
Corn Leaf Aphids and Yellow Sugarcane Aphids rarely reach damaging levels due to heavy mortality of these aphids from biological control agents. Corn leaf aphids are capable of transmitting the barley yellow drawf pathogen.
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