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Find cutworms early in Colorado, Nebraska Panhandle

Whether you’re just getting started or have completed planting, now is the time to be in the fields scouting for both army and pale Western cutworms in the Nebraska Panhandle.

If you planted a cereal crop last year, or are following an old alfalfa stand and if you are now rotating to either sunflowers, corn, or legume crops, (including dry beans and soybeans) this year, these fields are more susceptible to have cutworms. Early detection of these pests is essential. Keep in mind that they like to feed at night and hide in the soil during the day, so scouting should be done early in the morning. For accurate counts, turn over clots of loose soil and residue.

If you have not planted corn yet, the general recommendation for cutworm control is to plant a hybrid that contains the Agrisure Viptera® trait. For maximum protection, consider an application of Force® insecticide at planting time.  If economic levels of cutworm damage are detected post-emergence, apply an insecticide like Warrior II with Zeon Technology®.

For legume crops or sunflowers, apply an insecticide like Warrior II with Zeon Technology  before, during or after planting if economic levels of cutworms or damage are detected.

Contact your local Syngenta representative for more information about treating this pest.

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Reporting from Longmont, CO

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