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Start scouting for fall armyworms now

In Delta Farm Press

by Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas

They’re called fall armyworms, but this year, they’re not even waiting for summer to bring their appetites to Arkansas’ lawns, pastures and rice fields. Kevin Lawson, Perry County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, noted on June 5 that hungry little caterpillars were on some rice in his county, and urged those with sod farms, pastures and hayfields to “start scouting now.” Continue reading

Fall armyworms are a problem in Alabama

In Southeast Farm Press

by Maggie Lawrence, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Fall armyworms were found in millet in early June in western Mobile County, Ala. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight.

Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, said a fall armyworm caterpillar eats the most within its last feeding stage. Continue reading

When to treat wheat for armyworms

in Delta Farm Press

by Gus Lorenz, Arkansas Extension Entomologist

There have been sporadic reports of true armyworm feeding in Arkansas wheat this past week. The question is: “Are they really causing any damage?”

The armyworm population is very early this year and we continue to receive reports of armyworms in wheat that is flowering to early grain fill. Continue reading

Resistant armyworm march north is mystery to NCSU specialists

By Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University

In fall 2013, Dr. Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on?

Reisig, an entomologist with NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its Cooperative Extension Service, is a sort of science detective who specializes in insects that pose a threat to crops. And the farmer had presented him with a mystery.

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Pest problems in pastures can often affect livestock

Frank Watson of University of Georgia Extension warns cattle ranchers to watch out for cattle eating green acorns. Cattle often resort to eating oak leaves or acorns when grass in thin in the pasture, as it is this year because armyworms chewed the grass down in several pastures.

Read the story at Southeast Farm Press.

Worms and stinkbugs causing problems in NC this year

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart

North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig says this year is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for plant bugs in the state with heavier infestations of stink bugs, tobacco budworms and corn earworms being found in more fields.

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Alabama cotton experiencing insect problems

From Southeast Farm Press

By Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension Entomologist

The most significant insect event in the past week was the report of plant bug tolerance to all labeled or recommended insecticides in the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama. Several of our most experienced consultants are reporting that all classes of chemistry are suppressing plant bugs but their presence and damage behind applications are still above threshold levels.

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