Cooperators Needed for Black Cutworm Monitoring

March 2, 2011

By Adam Sisson and Tamsyn Jones, Corn and Soybean Initiative

Cutworm monitoring season is fast approaching — and the Corn and Soybean Initiative could use your help! In partnership with the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, the Initiative is once again helping coordinate the annual black cutworm (BCW) and western bean cutworm (WBC) monitoring networks in Iowa.

The program connects Iowa State with industry and farmer cooperators, who help monitor the arrival of cutworm moths — whose larvae feed on corn and can cause major yield loss when populations are high. The data helps Iowa State experts track pest activity, which in turn helps growers know when to scout and make treatment decisions.

• Black cutworm monitoring will begin April 1. To become a cooperator, e-mail Cooperators will receive a  trap kit in the mail with supplies, instructions and pest identification information. Traps will be similar to the one pictured below. The target sign-up deadline is mid-March to allow enough time for shipping. For more information, read this "Integrated Crop Management News" article.

• Western bean cutworm monitoring will start around July 1. To join the WBC network, e-mail ICM News has more information on the WBC trapping program  and WBC monitoring summary for 2010.


Adam Sisson is a program assistant with responsibilities with the Corn and Soybean Initiative. Sisson can be contacted by email at or by calling 515-294-5899. Tamsyn Jones is communication specialist with the Corn and Soybean Initiative. She can be contacted by emailing or calling 515-294-7192.

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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...