May 7, 2007
I have received no reports 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 http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2004/4-19-2004/. Also, watch http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/insect.html for updated information on the development of this and other insects during 2007.
There are still many
acres of corn to plant. We normally think that
the ideal planting time is now at an end. However,
yields generally do not begin to drastically decline until planting is delayed until after
May 15 - 20. It is not necessary to consider
switching to a shorter season hybrid until about May 25.
And be sure to avoid mudding in the crop; wait for good soil
conditions. For more information see the ISU
Extension Corn Production web page: www.agronext.iastate.edu/corn and
Scout for Black Cutworms
Black cutworms do not
over winter in
Based on moth captures and temperatures, cutting, if it occurs, should begin very soon along and south of Interstate 80; I have received one report of black cutworm leaf feeding. North of Interstate 80, See pages 105 106 of the May 1, 2006 ICM Newsletter or http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2006/5-1/cutworms.html for scouting and management details. Additional information is at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/blackcutworm.html.
Corn Flea Beetles
The mild temperatures of most of last winter suggest potential problems with corn flea beetles attacking seedling corn further north than normal; the two sharp cold spells may have done a good job of killing them, however. Monitor corn for this pest from emergence through V5. See pages 90 91 of the April 17, 2006 ICM Newsletter or http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2006/4-17/stewarts.html and pages 63 - 64 of the May 7, 2001 ICM Newsletter or http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2001/5-7-2001/fleabeetleexpect.html for scouting and management details.
Bean Leaf Beetles
Very few soybean fields were planted early this year. However, as any early-planted soybeans emerge, be sure to scout for bean leaf beetles. Marlin Rice notes that the later general planting of soybeans decreases the likelihood of widespread issues with overwintering bean leaf beetles. See pages 81 82 of the May 27, 2002 ICM Newsletter or http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2002/5-27-2002/manageblb.html 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 http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/blb3.html.
Note: See also Jim Fawcetts update on late applications of herbicides, late applications of nitrogen, and corn planter setup at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/jfcu070507.html.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Iowa State University Extension Office.
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