Bollworm trap catches were up in the Delta region this week to levels about normal for this time of year. Most bollworm eggs will be laid in corn at this time when many corn fields are at silk stage. University research has consistently failed to show any benefit from spraying for bollworms in field corn at this . . . → Read More: Trap Counts, June 20, 2014
There are several caterpillar pests that commonly infest field corn in Mississippi. These include corn earworm, fall armyworm, and southwestern corn borer. . . . → Read More: Caterpillars Infesting Mississippi Field Corn
Bollworm trap counts were higher in Lowndes county this week, but all other locations were similar to the previous week. Tobacco budworm catches remain at very low levels throughout the state. Southwestern corn borer counts were also very low throughout the state. Moth catches may have been somewhat depressed this week due to the frequent rains . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Counts, June 13, 2014
Bollworm catches were lower in the Delta this week but steady in Northeast MS. Tobacco budworm catches were negligible in all areas (Table 1). Southwestern corn borer counts were also low throughout the state, so early corn that is now tasseling will be unlikely to have significant issues with southwestern corn borer this year (Table 2).
Table . . . → Read More: Trap Counts, June 6, 2014
Bollworm trap catches were down in the Delta region this week from last week, while tobacco budworm catches were higher in the Delta (Table 1). There was minimal change for catches of either species in Northeastern MS.
This is the first week to report southwestern corn borer pheromone trap results for 2014. Based on our new pheromone trap . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, May 29, 2014
Bollworm trap catches were average this past week. While most traps caught 10-50 moths during the week, one trap near Indianola had 505 moths this past week. Tobacco budworm catches remain very low in both the Delta . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, May 23, 2014
As can be seen in the table below, trap counts this week were average in the hills and low in the Delta. This is in contrast to reports of bollworm larvae being abundant. More traps have been deployed this week, so we will have more data to present next week which may provide a more complete . . . → Read More: Moth Trap Counts, May 16, 2014
Our pheromone traps were monitored for the first time this week. Bollworm catches were high for this time of year with an average of 46 moths/trap caught in Noxubee county, 40 moths/trap in Lowndes county and 13 moths/trap in Oktibbeha county. Given that Angus Catchot is already receiving calls about bollworms in corn, it looks like we may . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, May 8, 2014
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? At many of the winter meetings I hear the agronomists talking about maximizing yield of field corn. They mention numerous things that all protect yield such as planter speed, uniformity of seed . . . → Read More: Seed Treatments, In-Furrow Sprays, and Granulesâ€¦â€¦What to do in Mississippi Field Corn
The results from the Second Annual Future of Ag Graduate Student Competition are included in this post. . . . → Read More: Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition Results