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Issue No. 8, Article 4/May 19, 2006

Don't Neglect Scouting of Cornfields for Black Cutworm Injury

Dave Feltes, IPM Extension educator, Quad Cities Extension Center, reported on May 16 that small cutworms could be found easily in many cornfields in northwestern Illinois. The flight of black cutworms continues, and oviposition is likely occurring on weeds thriving in fields that will eventually be planted to soybeans. As of mid-May, scouting efforts should be focused on seedling corn plants as the threat of cutting from black cutworms increases.

Black cutworm injury to seedling corn.

For more details on the management of the black cutworm, please refer to the Black Cutworm Fact Sheet.-- Mike Gray

Mike Gray

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