Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Bollworm pheromone trap counts were similar to last week and remain fairly low compared to historical averages. Tobacco budworm counts were slightly higher this week, but are still low fairly low. Southwestern corn borer trap catches have started to increase in some regions. Both Issaquena and Leflore counties had a trap that was over threshold, but . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 19, 2015

It appears that we are beginning to see the next generation of bollworm moths flying this week. Trap catches in most counties were higher this week than last week. Catches are still relatively light compared to long term averages, so larval populations will generally be light for the next week or so. Tobacco budworm and southwestern . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 19, 2015

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 12, 2015

Pheromone trap catches for bollworm, tobacco budworm and southwestern corn borer were very low throughout the state this past week. However, bollworm catches were slightly higher than last week, so we may be seeing the first moths of the next generation and bollworm pressure may rise over the next few . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 12, 2015

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 5, 2015

This is the first week this year I am reporting trap counts but we have had most traps out for at least 2-3 weeks. Overall trap catches have been average to light. This week, the trap catches for corn earworm (bollworm) and tobacco budworm were very low at all locations.  You will see in the table . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 5, 2015

Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Over the last couple of weeks I have had numerous calls about caterpillar pest in young soybeans. Most of these have been concerning beans that are still in the vegetative stages (V2-V5). The species that are being found are bollworm, yellowstriped armyworm, green cloverworm, granulated cutworm, alfalfa caterpillar, cabbage looper, garden webworm, and yellowstriped armyworm. . . . → Read More: Mixed Bag of Early Season Caterpillar Defoliators in Soybean

Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granular Insecticides: What to do in Mississippi Field Corn

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Although every major field crop we grow in Mississippi is responsive to at planting insect protection; field corn is perhaps the most consistent. Why is this? . . . → Read More: Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granular Insecticides: What to do in Mississippi Field Corn

Do Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Have Value Regionally in Soybeans?

There has been a tremendous amount of scrutiny put on the neonicotinoid class of chemistry in recent years because of the potential link to declines in bee numbers. Researchers are working feverishly across the nation and the globe to determine the exact causes of bee decline. No doubt pesticides can and likely play a role to some degree, but there are many factors that also influence bee health such as habitat loss, Varroa mites, and diseases. . . . → Read More: Do Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Have Value Regionally in Soybeans?

Insect Trap Counts, August 29, 2014

Bollworm pheromone catches were lower again for the second consecutive week, suggesting that once control is achieved for current larval populations, a major reinfestation is unlikely. Tobacco budworm catches were also lower . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Counts, August 29, 2014

Insect Trap Counts, August 22, 2014

This week’s bollworm trap catches were similar to slightly higher than last week, while tobacco budworm trap catches fell slightly for the week. The trap catches are typical for this time of year, so expect moderate worm pressure in all . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Counts, August 22, 2014

Bean Leaf Beetle Numbers Picking Up in Mississippi Soybeans

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Bean leaf beetle numbers have been increasing steadily over the last couple weeks. We have actually made bean leaf beetle targeted sprays on a number of acres in recent days. Yield loss is caused by defoliation and less frequently by pod feeding. Bean leaf beetles were once very easily controlled by very low rates of pyrethroid . . . → Read More: Bean Leaf Beetle Numbers Picking Up in Mississippi Soybeans