In the last few years we have been seeing the need for foliar thrips applications in cotton, even though seed was treated with an Insecticide Seed Treatment (IST). Growers and consultants have been frustrated with the need for foliar applications to protect cotton from thrips after spending $15 per acre for a seed treatment
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Southwestern corn borer numbers are increasing in our pheromone traps in several counties in the state this week. We usually see this jump around the first week of July, but just like everything else this year, the corn borers are a little late. Areas with the highest numbers seem to be along I-40 in
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Things are beginning to heat up out there and insect activity is on the uptick. With much of the cotton crop beginning to bloom, plant bugs are really moving into cotton right now. We’ve been seeing plant bugs in wild hosts for some time now and predicted that plant bugs might be
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We will be conducting an insect scouting school on June 6 at Hoot’s Restaurant in McGehee, AR. Insects, their damage and scouting procedures in cotton, soybean, rice, corn and grain sorghum will be covered. The agenda is shown below.
9:00-9:15…………………………………….……Welcome and Opening Remarks Mr. Wes Kirkpatrick, Desha Co. Staff Chair.
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We will be conducting an insect scouting school on May 31 at the Craighead County CES office in Jonesboro, AR. Insects, their damage and scouting procedures in cotton, soybean, rice, corn and grain sorghum will be covered. The agenda is shown below.
8:30-9:00am — Registration
9:00-9:15 — Welcome and Opening Remarks Mr. Branon Thiesse, Staff Chair,Craighead Co.
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Southwestern corn borer moths are starting pick up in traps in some areas of the state. At this time the hotspots appear to be around Lee county and north Jefferson county. We expected with the early spring and hot weather this season that this emergence might occur a little earlier than usual, but it
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We’re beginning to see midge in a few grain sorghum fields. Particularly in areas with a lot of Johnson grass growing near the field. Sorghum midge is a tiny orange colored fly that only attacks sorghum during flowering. So any sorghum that is flowering should be scouted for this insect. Because midge only attacks
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We are getting an increasing numbers of calls about cutworms showing up in corn. It appears that there are several species showing up in corn fields this year. We have seen both black cutworms as well as variegated cutworms in the same field. Cutworms tend to be worse in minimum or no-till fields, particularly
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I’m getting a lot of calls about yellowstriped armyworms in soybeans in NE Arkansas. They seem to be worse in fields with small plants, particularly double-crop soybeans planted behind wheat. In most cases, the caterpillars are still pretty small and not causing much defoliation yet. Some fields also have a few corn earworms
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We’re seeing high numbers of Japanese beetles in some corn fields in Western Arkansas. In some instances, these beetles are feeding on and removing most of the silks on pollinating corn. Most of this damage is spotty and usually near field edges. Growers in the western portion of the state, where Japanese beetles
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