No. 9 Article 5/May 25, 2007

Armyworms Could Be on the Move in Your Area

Robert Bellm, University of Illinois Extension crop systems Educator at Edwardsville, shared a report of 3/4- to 1-inch armyworm larvae found as deep as 100 yards into a Clinton County corn field that was adjacent to wheat fields on three sides. The armyworms had moved from the wheat fields and grass areas around the corn into the corn field and were causing significant injury to the corn plants. Although captures of armyworm moths in traps have declined precipitously, larval activity is in full swing in some areas. Stay on top of the situation to avoid being surprised by complete defoliation by a horde of armyworms.--Kevin Steffey

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