No. 11 Article 5/June 9, 2006

Insect Events of Note: More to Follow in the Near Future

For producers in southern Illinois, it is important to note a couple of insect events that could have an impact on corn and soybeans. Ron Hines, senior research specialist at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, reported that southwestern corn borer moths have been captured at all trap locations this year--Fayette, Jefferson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and St. Clair counties. Although this insect does not appear on everyone's radar every year, it is capable of causing severe damage to corn. We'll provide management guidelines in next week's issue of the Bulletin.

Robert Bellm, Extension educator in crop systems in Edwardsville, received a report that the first emerged Japanese beetle of the season was observed in St. Clair County on June 7. This early observation is a forewarning for anyone who has experienced problems with Japanese beetles in the past. You'll want to start watching for them in both corn and soybeans. If their numbers are large this year, we'll be in for some interesting times.--Kevin Steffey

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