Cutworm monitoring season is fast approaching and the Corn and Soybean Initiative at Iowa State University could use your help! In partnership with the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, the initiative is once again helping coordinate the annual black cutworm and western bean cutworm monitoring networks in Iowa.
The program connects ISU Extension with industry and farmer cooperators, who help monitor the arrival of cutworm moths each spring. The cutworms fly into Iowa and lay eggs in fields. Those eggs hatch and the larvae (cutworms) feed on corn and can cause major yield loss when populations are high. The data helps Iowa State experts track pest activity, which in turn helps growers know when to scout and make treatment decisions.
Sign-up deadline is mid-March to allow enough time for shipping
Black cutworm monitoring for 2011 will begin April 1. To become a cooperator, e-mail email@example.com. Cooperators will receive a trap kit in the mail with supplies, instructions and pest identification information. Traps will be similar to the one pictured below. The target sign-up deadline is mid-March to allow enough time for shipping. For more information, read this "Integrated Crop Management News" article.
Western bean cutworm monitoring for 2011 will start around July 1. To join the WBC network, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ICM News has more information on the WBC trapping program and the WBC monitoring summary for 2010.