For the past decade, farmers have watched the western bean cutworm migrate from the Great Plains states and head east through the heart of the Corn Belt. Today, the pest is found in corn and dry bean crops as far east as parts of Pennsylvania.
The easiest way for farmers to monitor this pest is by trapping adult moths. In the following video, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer provides some simple directions on how to scout and trap the moths, and also how to determine economic thresholds that warrant treatment.
More information on the western bean cutworm is available online at the following sites:
By Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal Technology & Special Projects Editor