Spanworm and Fleabeetle?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Over the last couple of days I heard several reports of some insect activity in sprout fields.  This presents itself as areas that appear to be delayed in emerging.  Sections of a field will have this appearance while around it there are emerged plants.

Take a walk through your sprout fields to see if you are seeing any of these symptoms.  Also look for notching on leaves around these areas and try and sweep to see if flea beetle larvae or spanworm are present.

I have attached a link to our insect and disease management schedule to see what products are available if you do need to treat.

Be very cautious about treating any crop field during bloom, as insecticides at this time can severely reduce pollination.  As always check with your broker or processor to see what products are allowable for their markets.