With some of last year's grain crop still in storage and a bumper crop expected this year, the demand for grain storage is high.
Soybean aphids are decreasing or stagnant in most soybean fields. You can see this in the final soybean aphid map (below) from the IPM scouting program.
This article is worth repeating - the importance of getting bins ready for grain storage to minimize insect pest problems in bins (2013 Crop & Pest Report).
This week’s Good Bug Corner features several good bugs and fungal pathogens.
Banded sunflower moth traps continue to have high trap counts, >100 moth per trap per week, in most sunflower producing areas.
This week’s Good Bug Corner featured insects are the Tachinid flies in the insect family Tachinidae. The adult fly feeds on nectar of flowers and honeydew from aphids or scale insects.
Several emails and calls about lodged wheat from Hessian fly infestations have been reported in primarily Pembina and Williams counties.
Soybean aphids increased with the favorable temperatures in the low 80s F last week. However, the recent hot weather (>90 F), will slow population growth.
I’ve received many calls and emails about all of the white butterflies flying around ditches, canola, alfalfa and other areas and whether they are an insect pest.
Northern and western corn rootworm adults were observed in field corn near Page, northern Cass County. The adult northern corn rootworm is green beetle and about ¼ inch long.
Banded sunflower moth peaked last week with our highest trap numbers recorded yet for the season. Sunflower moth also increased, but numbers are still below the economic threshold for traps.
This week’s Good Bug Corner featured insects are the Rove Beetles in the insect family Staphylinidae.
High populations of aphids are being observed in field corn in the east-central areas of North Dakota (NDSU Corn IPM Survey).
Ninety-seven fields were scouted by the IPM Scouts for soybean aphids last week. The IPM scouts in North Dakota and Minnesota found soybean aphids in 57% of the soybean fields surveyed.
Flower thrips are being observed in canola.
I’ve updated this article on timing of insecticide application for management of sunflower head insects from an old issue of the 2013 Crop & Pest Report.
Red sunflower seed weevil (RSSW) adults are emerging now and will fly to the nearest flowering sunflowers.
Pheromone traps run by the IPM Survey scouts showed high numbers of banded sunflower moths located in southwest and central North Dakota and increasing numbers of sunflower moths in north central and northeast North Dakota (see maps).
Eighty-eight fields were scouted by the IPM Scouts for soybean aphids last week. The IPM scouts in North Dakota and Minnesota found soybean aphids in 60% of the soybean fields surveyed.
This week’s Good Bug Corner featured insects are the Monarch butterfly in the insect family Nymphalidae.