Monitoring Important Pests for Field Crops

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One of the concerns that farmers have are insect pests that can threaten their crops. One of the important things to do with any pest including insects is to monitor them. One of the tools used to monitor certain insect pests is  a black light trap, which attracts insects such as corn earworm moths, tobacco budworm moths, green stink bugs and brown stink bugs.  These insects can be a problem to such crops as corn, soybeans, and cotton that are major crops in the region.  By knowing when they are present in the region as well as tracking their numbers, growers can have a better idea when they need to be watching for them in their fields and subsequently when to take appropriate action, if needed.

The Pasquotank County Center is able to provide this information because of a volunteer.  Tim Phelps, who works with a local agribusiness, checks the trap each day and records their numbers on a North Carolina State University website.  To access the information, click on the following link:

https://cotton.ces.ncsu.edu/trap-data/

Black light trap for monitoring important field crop pests in Pasquotank County and the northeast region

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Photo of Al Wood, Jr.Al Wood, Jr.Extension Agent, Agriculture (252) 338-3954 (Office) al_wood@ncsu.eduPasquotank County, North Carolina
Updated on Jul 7, 2017
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