Although sugarbeet root maggot (SBRM) fly activity is currently at low levels throughout most of the Red River Valley (RRV), all indicators thus far suggest that some sites within the Valley will experience very high populations this year.
The first sugarbeet root maggot (SBRM) flies of the season were observed on Tuesday, May 26 in a field near St. Thomas, ND.
This week’s featured is the green lacewing (Chrysopa species). The adult is a beautiful 1 inch long, green insect with 2 pair of clear, network-like wings, and large golden to red eyes.
Insect pest updates on canola, alfalfa, wheat, and field peas.
This week’s featured group is beneficial wasps (also called parasitoids) that attack and kill eggs and immature stages of many insect pests. Parasitoids are described as tiny wasps in the insect order Hymenoptera and include many different families (Braconidae and Ichneumonidae, for example).
Since the cold temperatures have slowed insect pest activity this past week, I thought this would be a good opportunity to update you on the status of a few invasive insect pests of field crops. Please look for these invasive insect pests when you are out scouting fields or around your home.
Aster leafhoppers and other species of leafhoppers were observed in large numbers in a winter wheat field near Aneta in Nelson County (source: Huso Crop Consulting).
This week’s feature is spiders; which are closely related to insects, but in the Class Arachnida.
Early season cutworms are starting to show up in fields.
We will be running a “good” bug section in the newsletter this year to increase knowledge and identification of good or beneficial insects.
This table summarizes the transgenic traits that are available in corn for insect and weed management. Dr. Chris DiFonzo, Field Crops Entomologist, of Michigan State University updates the table each year.
The goal of the IPM Survey is to detect the presence severity of diseases and insect pests that are common in agricultural crops grown in North Dakota and to verify the absence of pests that might be of export concern.
Corn rootworms are becoming a more common insect pest of corn in North Dakota. Northern corn rootworms are more common this year than the western corn rootworms.
Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in the North Central United States Friday, September 12, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT
Two insects have been reported clipping silks in field corn – red-headed flea beetles (Systena frontalis) and sap beetles or picnic beetles (Glischrochilus quadrisignatus).
Soybean aphid infestations are spotty this year. Some fields in the Red River Valley have hot spots of aphids and have reached the economic threshold level requiring an insecticidal treatment.
Banded sunflower moths continue to be trapped at high numbers in IPM scout pheromone traps. However, trap captures for the migratory sunflower moth are low throughout the state.
The NDSU Extension IPM Crop Scouts surveyed over 790 fields in wheat, barley, soybean and sunflowers during the last two weeks.
My graduate student, Veronica Calles-Torrez, just started picking up northern corn rootworm adults in her emergence traps near Arthur and Page, northern Cass County.
Field reports of red sunflower seed weevil (RSSW) adults are being observed in early flowering sunflowers near Bismarck at economic threshold levels and Minot (V. Chapara, NCREC).