2012 New York Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network 2012
Project Leader: Abby Seaman, NYS IPM, Cornell University
Adam Abers, Abers Acres, Kennedy; Brian Boerman and Mark Avery, ACS; Angel Best, Eves Crop Advisory Service; Bill Brennan, Avoca; Katie Klotzbach, Elizabeth Buck, Robert Hadad, Christy Hoepting, Julie Kikkert and John Gibbons, Cornell Vegetable Extension Program; Mike Hunter, CCE Jefferson Co.; Jeff Kubecka, Kirkville; Crystal Stewart, Laura McDermott, Chuck Bornt, Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program; Don Sweet, Crop Advantage; Linda Underwood, Preble; Jen Masters, independent consultant; Teresa Rusinek, CCE Ulster Co., Maire Ulrich, CCE Orange Co.; Keith Slocum, Our Green Acres, Owego
Three 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. Traps baited with the pheromones that male and female moths use to find each other are set up near sweet corn production in NY. The trap catch information allows growers, consultants, and Cooperative Extension and vegetable processor field staff to track the flights of the adults of these three pests, and trap numbers contribute to making informed decisions about when sweet corn fields need to be scouted or treated with an insecticide. Starting in 2010, traps for a new pest, the western bean cutworm, were added to the trap network to track its' movement and numbers. This project is funded in part by in-kind contributions from growers and consultants who host and check traps.