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2012 Sweet Corn Pest Season Begins in Maine!

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scouting for pests in a corn field

European Corn Borer Scouting; photo by David Handley

The 2012 University of Maine Cooperative Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for sweet corn is underway. More than twenty volunteer farms will be serving as pest monitoring and demonstration sites this year, with fields in North Berwick, Wells, Hollis, Cape Elizabeth, New Gloucester, Poland Spring, Auburn, Lewiston, Sabattus, Dresden, Jefferson, Nobleboro, Warren, Monmouth, Wayne, Oxford, Farmington, Levant, Stillwater, Garland, and East Corinth. Pheromone traps are being set up at these farms to monitor the adult (moth) stages of European corn borer, corn earworm, and fall armyworm, and we will be scouting these fields for feeding injury by insect larvae. We will share the information we collect at these sites and management recommendations every week during the season through our Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter. Read more>>

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