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Wheat Stem Sawfly

Wheat Stem Sawfly

County Agent News

Dan Folske

September 8, 2014

 

Wheat Stem Sawfly

                Although this year’s wide spread lodging problem in wheat may is not caused by wheat stem sawfly, this pest can be a major cause of lodging and yield loss. The wheat stem maggot, which looks like a small wasp, lays its eggs on wheat stems in June or early July. The larvae then feed in the stem and cut a notch just above the soil surface as the plant matures. This is often followed by stem breakage and lodging. 

 

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