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Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network for Western New York, 2010

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 9/14/10

Corn earworm catches range from 3 to 229 across the region.  Lower temperatures predicted for this week will slow egg hatch and larval development so spray intervals can be extended.  Keep in mind that as the number of attractive (green silk stage) fields decreases, less attractive fields will experience more than expected pressure.  ECB-E race moths remain uniformly low.  Z race catches are now mostly in the single digits.  Fall armyworm catches remain variable across the region, ranging from 0 to 238.  Only a concern if spray schedules are not being determined by corn earworm catches.  A few western bean cutworm moths were caught again this week.

Where corn earworm are being caught, insecticide applications in silk stage fields should be determined by CEW trap catches.  The recommended spray intervals for CEW should be adequate for ECB and FAW control.  Because CEW lay their eggs directly on the silk, and eggs are difficult to find in the field unless the population is VERY high, we rely on pheromone trap catches rather than scouting to make CEW management decisions.  It is most important to adhere to the recommended spray intervals when the field is in the green silk stage.  The chart below indicates recommended spray intervals during the silk stage for a range of trap catches:

Per Day
Per Five Days
Per Week
Days Between Sprays
<0.2
<1.0
<1.4
No Spray (for CEW)
0.2-0.5
1.0-2.5
1.4-3.5
6 days
0.5-1.0
2.5-5.0
3.5-7.0
5 days
1-13
5-65
7-91
4 days
over 13
over 65
over 91
3 days
Add one day to the recommended spray interval if daily maximum temperatures are less than 80 F for the previous 2-3 days.
 
Location
ECB-E
ECB-Z
CEW
FAW
WBC
Avoca (Steuben Co.)
0
0
9
NA
0
Avon (Livingston Co.)
0
0
50
NA
0
Baldwinsville (Onondaga Co.)
8
0
164
21
4
Batavia (Genesee Co.)
0
4
3
128
0
Bellona (Yates Co.)
0
7
91
8
0
Eden Z (Erie Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Farmington (Ontario Co.)
0
0
43
15
0
Great Valley (Cattaraugus Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Hamlin (Monroe Co.)
0
3
229
52
1
Kennedy (Chautauqua Co.)
0
4
82
238
0
King Ferry (Cayuga Co.)
0
0
49
81
0
Kirkville (Madison Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
LeRoy (Genesee Co.)
1
0
52
40
1
Lockport (Niagara Co.)
0
0
6
0
0
Medina (Orleans Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Owego (Tioga Co.)
0
0
3
NA
NA
Penn Yan (Yates Co.)
0
1
112
12
0
Pike (Wyoming Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Plessis (Jefferson Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Preble (Cortland Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Sherwood (Cayuga Co.)
0
0
154
22
NA
Spencerport (Monroe Co.)
0
0
3
0
0
Williamson (Wayne Co.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA