Western Bean Cutworm Update July 29th

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Trap Counts for local traps appear to have peaked during the week. Two of the three traps showed a decline while third trap had big numbers of 35-40 per day early in the week but dropped of to just 3-5 per day by weeks end. The week did not yield any big finds of eggs or larval damage, in fact it was more difficult this week to eggs or larvae than it was during the week of July 18th. In fact there is a lot of speculation that the extreme heat has set this insect back this year.  Refer to last weeks article for scouting information.

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