Armyworm Activity Reported in Corn and Wheat

Producers are encouraged to scout both corn and wheat for armyworms and potential feeding. Kevin Black, Insect and Plant Disease Technical Manager with Growmark Inc., reported that a field of corn (Putnam County) planted into a rye cover crop had received some defoliation by armyworms. Kelli Bassett, a Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, observed (May 30) some armyworm feeding in scattered wheat fields across Macoupin and Montgomery counties.

For more information about the biology, life cycle, management, and economic thresholds for armyworms in corn and wheat, please refer to the Department of Crop Sciences fact sheet.

Mike Gray