Once wheat midge has established, it is unlikely to disappear. It can survive in low-lying and moist field areas and survive for a time even in unfavourable conditions. | File photo

Insect forecast shows pest potential

Wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly are among the crop pests likely to cause problems in Alberta this year, according to recently posted data and maps from the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network. Although nothing replaces personal field monitoring or “boots in the field,” as the network regularly states, forecasts based on a 2020 fall […] Read more

In-field monitoring is one of the best tools for fighting cutworms.
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Farmers warned to be vigilant for cutworms

This spring is looking like it will be early and dry, which is when it can be trickiest to manage cutworms. “When it’s early, dry and cool, growers sometimes wait too long to scout for cutworms, thinking a field is just slow to germinate or to green up because of the weather,” said Jennifer Otani, […] Read more

The orange wheat blossom midge Sitodiplosis mosellana is found in most areas of the world, including the Canadian Prairies and the northern United States.  |  Gilles San Martin/Flickr photo

Wheat midge predators find new home in Montana

A wheat midge outbreak in Montana recently sent two entomologists on a cross-border hunting trip into Saskatchewan. Gadi Reddy and Brian Thompson of Montana State University were collecting parasitoid wasps in Saskatchewan wheat fields to take back and release in the state’s wheat producing areas. “Around six years ago we started to get wheat midge […] Read more