Bollworm trap counts dropped slightly from the previous week in the Delta and Central MS regions while staying about the same in the Northeastern MS region. Tobacco budworm counts also dropped back some this week while beet armyworm counts were similar to the previous week. Most fields are no longer vulnerable to economic damage from these pests, so this will be the last week of reporting trap counts.
Overall, we had fewer bollworm moths captured this year than during 2010 and 2011. However, a compilation of Delta trap counts over the last 6 years would indicate that this year is a return to more typical conditions rather than an unusually low year. (see the chart below the table).