VegNet Regional Pest Trends for the Week of August 17th, 2015
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- Corn Earworm (Helicoverpa Zea - CEW) is higher than historical norms but has, over the past 2 weeks, dropped below the level of the outbreak of 2008 (FIG. 1). The pattern appears to be shifted, with peak flight occurring about 2 weeks earlier than the 15-yr average. The trend may be a consequence of a mild winter, earlier corn plantings, and/or warmer temperatures (FIG. 2). The highest activity we’ve seen has been localized around a few geographical locations. Please note: trap counts are not a direct estimate of larval activity, so field scouting is recommended if there is concern. More information on CEW can be found on the VegNet pest profile page.
- Other pests that were detected at higher-than-normal levels this week are: Black Cutworm (BCW), Spotted Cucumber Beetle (12S), and Alfalfa Looper (AL)
FIG. 1 – Corn earworm activity of adult male moths so far this year (2015) compared to historical data (2008 and the 15-year average). There are 1-3 overlapping generations of CEW per season.
FIG. 2 – Differences between growing degree-days and precipitation from year to year can be estimated by an online modeling program hosted at www.uspest.org/wea. According to a generalized model for pest insects (lower threshold 41, upper 130), degree-day accumulation this year for the Corvallis region is about 13 days ahead of 2014.