Using an effective pest management plan saves time, money, and energy in the field. Creating a strategy means looking at all of the clues together.
Farm Journal’s Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie says, "In the area of insect management, the goal is not to be caught off guard. Insects are somewhat predictable." Beating a pest problem is more difficult when the situation becomes an emergency. In Episode 5 of Corn College TV Season 3, Ferrie suggests using a reliable, proactive plan.
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Looking at traps and weather conditions throughout the season can help detect heavy flight and hatching patterns, but a good plan looks at how all of those clues are acting together. Ferrie says, "There are a number of different trapping sequences you can put into place. You can marry that up with weather conditions, and then marry that up with the susceptibility of the crop."
Watch Corn College TV Episode 5 below to learn more about predicting the onset of insects and weeds.
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