Wanted: Wisconsin sweet corn growers to help with pest survey

06/10/2011 11:44:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension is seeking growers who produce sweet corn for processing to become cooperators in a western bean cutworm trapping survey.

The goal is to alert growers, consultants and processors about moth flights and the need to start scouting fields, according to a recent grower newsletter.

Results will be published in the Wisconsin Pest Bulletin.

The survey is conducted from late June through mid-August, or about eight weeks.

Traps are built from old milk jugs, and only one trap per site is needed.

Typically, cooperators only need to check the traps once per week and report their counts by phone or e-mail.

The university will furnish the Trece pheromone lures free to cooperators.

If you're interested in participating, contact Clarissa Hammond, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection Pest Survey Program, at clarissa.hammond@wi.gov or (866) 440-7523 by June 15.

For more information on the trapping program, visit the university's integrated pest management site.

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