Friday, March 30, 2012

Update on Wheat Pests

From Dr. Tisserat:

More information on some potential insect/mite problems on wheat. 

Dr. Frank Peairs  indicates that ‘ Brown wheat mite is fairly widespread where it was not limited by extended snow cover.’   Chris Stallman reports that the mite infestations in certain parts of Cheyenne and Kiowa counties are severe.

Frank also mentioned that  ‘ Reports of some army cutworm activity are more frequent than they have been for the past few years.  Russian wheat aphid has been reported from the west slope, but so far does not seem abundant in the east.’ 

Bob Hammon from the Western Slope has also indicated that he is seeing a lot of wheat curl mites now.  And just a reminder that the Diagnostic Clinic is performing wheat virus tests to growers again this year.  If you see mites or aphids, and notice symptoms on your wheat, please send them in to the Clinic for screening. 

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