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Western New York Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network 2003

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Project Leader: Abby Seaman, Area Extension Educator, Vegetable IPM

Cooperators: Adam Abers, Kennedy, NY; Bruce Bozard, Medina, NY; Brian Boerman and Mark Avery, Agricultural Consulting Services; George Dobson, UAP; Alan Erb, Arlie McFaul, and Christy Hoepting, Lake Plains Vegetable Program; Tyrone Hall, South Central NY Agriculture Program; Julie Kikkert and John Gibbons, Ontario, Yates, Wayne and Steuben Vegetable Program; Jeff Kubecka, Kirkville, NY; Don Sweet, Crop Advantage.

Type of grant: Monitoring, forecasting, and economic thresholds

Project locations: Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Tioga, Onondaga, Madison counties


Three of the important insect pests of sweet corn, European corn borer, corn earworm, and fall armyworm, cause damage to ears in their "worm" or larval stage. These pests are moths in their adult stage. A network of traps baited with the pheromones that male and female moths use to find each other has been operating across western New York for the past ten seasons. The trap network allows growers, consultants, Cooperative Extension, and processing company field staff to track the flights of the adults of these three pests, and make informed decisions about when sweet corn fields need to be scouted or treated with an insecticide. This project is funded in part by the processing sweet corn industry and in-kind contributions from growers and consultants.

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