I was out late last week scouting some corn fields and checking some black cutworm moth monitoring traps. Fortunately, the number of black cutworm moths in the traps have been rather low. I did notice some very minimal black cutworm damage in one field. This does not mean growers should let their guard down. Pennsylvania and other northern states have been reporting large flights of black cutworm moths. It is recommended that growers continue to scout corn fields for damage. Remember many Bt hybrids are not that strong against black cutworm. This leaves scouting and rescue treatments as the most viable option for managing black cutworm.
May 27, 2014