Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

East-Central and Southeast Iowa Crop Information


May 8, 2006

May 8, 2006



Alfalfa Weevil

I have received only one report of significant alfalfa weevil injury.  However, it would be wise to continue to monitor alfalfa for this pest.  For details on scouting for and managing this insect, see pages 22-23 of the April 19, 2004 Integrated Crop Management (ICM) Newsletter Also, watch for updated information on the development of this and other insects during 2006.





Scout for Black Cutworms


Black cutworms do not over winter in Iowa. Rather, if black cutworm moths fly in from the south and if they stay around long enough to lay eggs, young corn plants may be injured. A series of black cutworm moth traps is set up around Iowa and Illinois to monitor moth flights.  Significant flights occur very regularly, but damage at a treatable level generally occurs less than once per decade. If eggs are laid, the hatch date can be fairly closely predicted by monitoring temperatures.


Based on moth captures and temperatures, cutting, if it occurs, should begin very soon.  I am already receiving scattered reports of cutting.  See pages 105 – 106 of the May 1, 2006 ICM Newsletter or for scouting and management details.  Additional information is at



Corn Flea Beetles


The mild temperatures of last winter suggest potential problems with corn flea beetles attacking seedling corn further north than normal.  Monitor corn for this pest from emergence through V5.  See pages 90 – 91 of the April 17, 2006 ICM Newsletter or and pages 63 - 64 of the May 7, 2001 ICM Newsletter or for scouting and management details.





Bean Leaf Beetles


As some early-planted soybean fields emerge, large numbers of Bean Leaf Beetles are moving in.  So, as soybeans emerge, be sure to scout for this insect.  See pages 81 – 82 of the May 27, 2002 ICM Newsletter or for scouting, threshold, and management information.  In addition to the management strategies offered there, remember that Gaucho 480 and Cruiser 5FS seed treatments offer good protection.  Additional information can be found at




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