Jim Dwyer, crops specialist working with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s potato Integrated Pest Management program, spoke with the St. John Valley Times about placing 20 European corn borer traps alongside potato fields in the St. John Valley. The traps use a pheromone to attract male moths, which can cause problems for potato crops. The moths are then counted and collected, Dwyer said.
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Corn harvest is in full swing across most of Maine after the warm weekend weather. Insect pressure has increased, especially from corn earworm with many locations being placed on 4-day spray intervals. European Corn Borer pressure has remained low with the exception of a few northern locations, and fall armyworm appears to be slightly on the rise, but hasn’t exceeded thresholds anywhere. With the prospect of southerly thunderstorms throughout most of the next week, insect pressure is not expected to decrease.
Moth counts continue to be fairly low this week, although with the advent of silking corn in southern Maine we should pay close attention to these counts. Moths may lay their eggs on the flag leaves of silking corn resulting in larvae entering the ears through the silk channels without leaving any visible signs of feeding on the foliage. Therefore, if 5 or more European corn borer moths are caught in a trap over a week in the presence of silking corn, a spray to protect the silks is recommended. We continue to find feeding injury from small larvae in whorl and pre-tassel stage corn, but only fields scouted in Biddeford and Warren were over the recommended spray threshold. Corn in the whorl stage should be sprayed if fresh feeding injury is found on 30% or more of the plants in a field. At the pre-tassel stage, the control threshold is lowered to 15%. Read more>>
The recent hot spell has pushed corn growth along rapidly, and brought us our first corn earworm of the season. Many early fields are approaching the pre-tassel stage, and should be getting a side dressing of nitrogen, if needed. Some corn started under plastic in southern Maine is now tasseling and showing some silk. Soil moisture levels remain pretty good in most locations due to the over abundance of rain earlier.
European Corn Borer and Common Armyworm are feeding in Southern Maine. Read more>>