WEEK 4: Moth movement is low, rootworms in the landscape.
Don’t worry if you’re getting a late start to the planting season. So are the bugs. Many of the pest moth species we track are LOWER than normal for this time of year.
You may start to notice those familiar 12-spot beetles around, particularly on the dandelions in your yard or garden. These are the overwintered females, looking for suitable egg-laying sites (seedling corn, cucumbers, beans).
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Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) is the most serious insect pest of Brassica crops (including cabbage, broccoli, etc), both in the US and worldwide. Economic impact estimates exceed $4 billion annually.
One of the reasons DBM is so hard to manage is because it quickly develops resistance to insecticides. In fact, (IR) has been noted in over 600 cases, for nearly 100 unique active ingredients such as carbamates, pyrethroids, and spinosyns. The most recent concern of IR is within the diamide insecticides. Diamide products that Willamette-Valley brassica producers rely on include chlorantraniliprole, cyantraniliprole, and flubendiamide. Trade names are Coragen, Exirel, and Synapse. We are currently conducting research to test for IR in regional populations of DBM and related pests.
Scientists at Cornell University have developed an “insecticide-free management approach” that involves releasing genetically-modified DBM moths into the landscape to cause eventual mortality of females. This research, while novel, is also controversial. Cornell has applied for a permit to make field releases of their transgenic moths in NY state. An environmental assessment has been conducted by USDA-APHIS, and public comment is welcome until MAY 19th, 2017.
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Traps are being set this week. Stay tuned for a full report next Friday.
Adult rootflies are abundant; they love this cool rainy weather! If possible, protect seedlings with row covers. (Cabbage maggot info)
Did you know that winter cutworm is also a problem in Spring?! Visit this blog post for more info: http://bit.ly/2p9mC2Q
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Stay tuned! The first report of the season will be published on or before April 14th.
In the meantime, good luck with spring plantings!
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Update: Thanks to geolocation technology, I can now access broad, general data about where VegNet reports are being read. Don’t worry – this does not go deeper than state level, and the location is not associated with your email address. That is, I’m not ‘spying’, just excited to see so many VegNet followers “East of the Mississippi”!
This made me wonder if some of these supporters are researchers at peer land-grant institutions. Which, of course, led to an excuse to make another cool graphic ☺