Armyworm feeding noted in NE and NW Iowa

June 2, 2016 12:28 PM
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Today, I heard about some armyworm feeding on corn in northeast and northwest Iowa. In the NE Iowa field, rye was planted last fall and killed late this spring. Armyworms tend to be aggregated, or found in big groups, and can cause significant injury seemingly overnight. The caterpillars are messy feeders - they shred corn plants and leave frass pellets in the whorl. I helped write up an ICM News article about armyworms last summer that might be useful. Thanks to Ben Wikner for the notification and great photos!


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Dr. Erin Hodgson started working in the Department of Entomology, now the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology, at Iowa State University in 2009. She is a professor with extension and research responsibilities in corn and soybeans. She has a general background in integrated...