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Wet Spring Keeping Farmers Out of the Field but Not the Pests

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With many farmers chomping at the bit to get in the field, the latest scouting reports don’t show much progress statewide.  However it’s not necessarily keeping the pests from doing their work. Here’s the latest from Integrated Pest Management and Cornell Cooperative Extension show slow field work and an 

Reports from last week show only about 5% of New York’s corn crop in the ground. Capture of Black Cutworm and True Armyworm moths showed an increase, especially in Genesee and Ontario counties.

Now is also the time for frequent inspections of alfalfa fields.  As we hit finally hit warmer temperatures the weevil infestation can skyrocket in a short period of time, especially in fields that are 2 years or older.

While everyone patiently waits for the weather to clear, Jeff Miller suggests using the time to ready your planter with this helpful article from Morning Ag  Get the latest field reports, tips on checking your alfalfa for disease and the extended farming weather outlook from Integrated Pest Management.

SOURCE:  Cornell Cooperative Extension

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