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Friday, May 29, 2015

Armyworms and Wheat Head Armyworms in Wheat

I must admit I am a little late with a newsletter about armyworms and wheat head armyworms in wheat. But, driving this week from Amarillo to Dalhart, Perryton, Farwell, and Plainview I saw lots of fields that could be susceptible to damage from these two pests. And, I talked with Carl Speck, crop advisor at Dumas the other day and he was finding wheat head armyworms in fields.  Fortunately Dr. Tom Royer, the Extension entomologist from Oklahoma State University, recently had two excellent articles about these to pests in the WORLD OF WHEAT newsletter. So, instead of rewriting what he has already said, I am attaching a link to each of Dr. Royers articles. The articles provide information about the pest biology, damage and management.

The first article is Watch for Armywormsand is located at:

The latest article is Wheat Head Armyworms in Oklahoma Wheatand is at:
http://osuwheat.com/2015/05/28/wheat-head-armyworms-in-oklahoma-wheat/



Armyworm caterpillar (photo: Ohio State University)


Wheat head armyworm caterpillar (photo: M. Vandiver)
Wheat head armyworm caterpillar (photo: M. Vandiver)


Damaged Kernels from wheat head armyworm caterpillar (photo: P. Sloderbeck)