Wheat midge numbers are increasing in central Alberta. | File photo

Alberta’s irrigation growers warned to watch for wheat midge

MEDICINE HAT — Alberta’s insect management team is still compiling data for the 2018 forecasts, but specialist Scott Meers revealed his early predictions Oct. 26 at the Farming Smarter Cypress Conference. Forecast maps for wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly are expected to be posted in December, and maps for the other five insects regularly […] Read more

Peas and faba beans in parts of Alberta were hit hard by pea leaf weevils this year.
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Pea leaf weevil major bug to watch for in Alberta this year

Alberta insect management specialist Scott Meers started his Jan. 18 presentation with the good news about insect problems in 2016. Wheat stem sawflies, grasshoppers and bertha armyworms mostly kept their noses — and other insect parts — out of farmers’ business last year. The same will not likely be said in 2017 about pea leaf […] Read more