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Pest tracking gathers momentum as crop growth strives for catch-up

May 17, 2013 | 0 comments


Enough alfalfa growth occurred in some Wisconsin southern and southwestern counties by the start of the second week of May to allow Wisconsin Pest Bulletin (WPB) cooperators to conduct net sweeps for insects.

This information is according to the year’s second edition of the weekly update published on-line by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

What were picked up per 100 net sweeps in counties such as Richland, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Sauk, and Vernon were one-nine adult alfalfa weevils, one-24 pea aphids, and two-100 tarnished plant bugs. The report also noted that the alfalfa weevils had begun to lay eggs.

One adult of the migrating potato leafhoppers was caught near Richland Center in Richland County on May 7. None were found in surveys in the other counties but the WPB suggested that other adults probably arrived during recent episodes of southerly winds.

Migrant English grain aphids were caught at the rate of 1-3 per 100 net sweeps in wheat in Richland and Vernon counties. The WPB pointed out that it is one of the aphids capable of spreading grain virus diseases.

Of some concern was the documented arrival of up to moderate numbers of black cutworm moths as indicated by the capture of 184 moths in 30 traps during three weeks starting in mid-April.

The WPB stated that the capture of nine moths over two nights in traps in Dodge and Grant counties on May 6-7 signified the start of egg-laying in corn fields with a population of winter annual weeds.

With the continuation of cold and wet weather, seedcorn maggots could easily become a problem, the WPB warned. It indicated that adult seedcorn maggot flies began to emerge by April 27.

The same is not true for the European corn borer. Although pupation of larvae that overwintered is expected within the coming week, the WPB noted that the population of those larvae tallied in the fall of 2012 was the lowest since 1942.

In a separate report, Extension Service plant pathologist Damon Smith noted that septoria leaf blotch is persisting in some winter wheat fields but that he had not found or been informed about any stripe rust of powdery mildew in Wisconsin.

He added, however, that stripe rust is prevalent in Southern states and moderate to high levels of the leaf infection have struck some winter wheat varieties as far north as Nebraska.

Gypsy moth larvae began emerging from overwintered egg masses by May 6 in Rock County, the WPB reported. Emergence was expected by this week and next week in central and northern areas of Wisconsin.

The state is placing 19,000 gypsy moth traps in the western half of the state this year.

Insect activity was being monitored in fruit orchards well before the trees began to bloom.

The WPB cited the catch of 650-1,044 spotted tentiform leafminer moths in traps in Brown and Waukesha counties, the catch of 2-59 redbanded leafminer moths per trap as far north as Marquette County, and the likely migration of plum curculio to host trees this week.

Eggs were being laid by the imported cabbageworm moths and flights of cabbage maggot flies were expected, the WPB indicated.

Inspectors found thrips in some greenhouse plants and spider mites were identified on ornamental plants at greenhouses in Jefferson, Racine, and Washington counties.

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