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Western New York Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network 2006

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Project Leader: A. Seaman, NYS IPM Program, Cornell University

Cooperators: A. Abers, Abers Acres,

Abstract: 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 vegetable processor 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 in-kind contributions from growers and consultants.