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Early Warning System Aids Sweet Corn Growers

An IPM educator with people in a field

IPM Extension educator Abby Seaman (at right) works with growers to identify and manage sweet corn pests.

Photo: J. Gibbons

 

This past year, cooperators at monitoring stations in 13 counties used attractant-based traps to alert their fellow growers, crop consultants, processor field staff, and local Extension educators that insect pests were flying and crops were at risk. Data interpretations and threshold recommendations helped 400 subscribers, who received weekly updates, to manage more than 35,000 acres of sweet corn.