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Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network for Western New York, 2006

This is a seasonal scouting report giving growers in the Western New York area information on the presence of sweet corn pests and recommendations on scouting and thresholds. The report is written by Abby Seaman, NYS IPM's Area Extension Educator for Vegetables.

For 5/30/06

ECB moths are being caught in low to moderate numbers at most locations reporting this week. I expect catches to increase significantly over the next week.

Split field demonstrations have shown that applying insecticides to sweet corn for worm control before tassel emergence does not produce better results than waiting until the recommended tassel-emergence spray timing.

Corn started under plastic or row cover is an exception to this rule.

Fields started under plastic or row cover will be very attractive to egg-laying moths because the plants are larger than those in bare ground fields. We have found that using the usual tassel emergence scouting and thresholds do not work in corn started under plastic or row cover. John Mishanec has had good results in trials in which pheromone trap catches were used to time sprays in row cover or plastic corn. Growers waited until there was a significant increase in the ECB trap catches in their area and then timed sprays to coincide with egg hatch. ECB eggs require 100 degree days (base 50) from oviposition to hatch. That's about 5-7 days at the more moderate temperatures forecast for later this week.

 

ECB-E

ECB-Z

CEW

Baldwinsville (Onondaga Co.)

6

0

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Eden (Erie Co.)

0

33

0

Farmington (Ontario Co.)

13

0

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Hall (Ontario Co.)

6

3

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Hamlin (Monroe Co.)

0

0

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Penn Yan (Yates Co.)

2

0

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