Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Big Fall Armyworm Flight Underway

The weekly fall armyworm pheromone trap graph shows a capture 2.35 times the eight year average.

Of interest, an average of 100 of these 310 moths were caught last night, so we might be on the front end of the second big flight this year. This would be expected, as many of the moths are probably progeny of the big flight the last week of May.

Yellowstriped armyworm captures in the western bean cutworm traps continue to be high, and I got a call last week about YSAW quickly defoliating greenhouse tomatoes.

Greg Cronholm, Independent Crop Consultant in Hale County, texted this week to say he was finding the first western corn rootworm adults of the season.