2010 Western Bean Cutworm Cooperators Needed

May 24, 2010

By Adam Sisson, Corn and Soybean Initiative and Laura Jesse, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

Western bean cutworm (WBC) is a corn pest that has been expanding it's range across Iowa and into more eastern states. Beginning in 2003, Iowa State University set up a network of pheromone traps to monitor WBC range expansion and to provide moth emergence data to enhance scouting efforts. Pheromone trap cooperators included local seed corn dealers, private corn and soybean agronomists and others interested in pest management issues.

Cooperators are needed in 2010 to monitor traps and record data for the Iowa State University Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network.  Anyone interested in becoming part of the monitoring network this year should send an email to wbcutworm@iastate.edu with their name, address, and email. The trapping program is explained in detail in the ICM article, Western bean cutworm: Pheromone trapping program.   The 2009 trap captures were reported earlier this year in the article Summary of 2009 Western Bean Cutworm Trapping Program.

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Western bean cutworm adult moth

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Adam Sisson Extension Program Specialist III

Adam Sisson is an extension specialist with the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Sisson focuses on the development of publications and other educational resources for farmers, agribusiness, and students. He receive...

Laura Jesse Insect Diagnostician

Dr. Laura C. Jesse directs the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Laura earned her bachelor's degree in 1998 in animal ecology, her master's degree in entomology in 2001, and her doctorate in 2006 in entomology and ecology and ...