Diapause tool to identify helicoverpa risk

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While there was a hefty presence of corn earworn or cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, in the early and middle part of the 2007-08 season, pest activity has declined in recent weeks and for the most part they appear to pose no major risk. What is diapause? This is the time of the year when a proportion of mature larvae going… Read more »

Whitefly management options

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In the last week, reports from the Downs are suggesting that silverleaf whitefly (SLW) numbers have increased rapidly, and now there are a number of fields that have a population at or exceeding the treatment threshold. This posting has been compiled from information and discussion with Richard Sequeira (Principal Entomologist, Emerald) and Paul Grundy (Senior Entomologist, Ayr) who have considerable… Read more »

Whitefly Update

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Reports of increasing numbers of whitefly are filtering in from across the Downs. In some cases, numbers are sufficient to suggest that control of Silverleaf Whitefly (SLW) may be warranted. Correct identification and regular monitoring of populations is essential to determine if intervention is necessary. Which whiteflies are out there? Results of whitefly samples identified from Downs cotton crops this… Read more »

Whitefly in crops this season

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There is an increasing number of reports of whitefly in cotton crops on the Downs. Typically, whitefly start appearing in crops in mid to late summer, once populations have built up on weed hosts or other host crops (e.g. sunflower) adjacent to cotton crops.So far this season we have been able to make collections of whitefly adults and immatures (scale)… Read more »

Will Rutherglen bug damage sorghum post grain fill?

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As many of the early sorghum crops reach physiological maturity, and approach harvest, questions are being asked as to whether it is necessary to control large populations of nymphs in these crops. More specifically, whether these RGB will cause any damage to the maturing grain between physiological maturity and harvest. Photo: Dave Murray (BigBug) out looking at a sorghum crop… Read more »

Watch out for midge this season

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Adam Hardy Senior Entomologist, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Toowoomba. Photo: Adam Hardy (right) and Bernie Franzmann inspecting midge rating trials. Over the last decade sorghum midge have not caused many headaches for sorghum growers. However, staggered sorghum plantings mean that sorghum midge are likely to be found building up in numbers in later planted sorghum crops with… Read more »

Rutherglen Bug in sorghum

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Rutherglen bug infestations of grain sorghumThis season we are seeing large infestations of Rutherglen bug (Nysius vinitor) (RGB) in sorghum crops from Central Queensland to the Downs, and further south. The large infestations are most likely a result of storm activity and the growth of weed hosts on which they breed up. RGB are very mobile, with large numbers of… Read more »

Getting the most from NPV sprays on grain sorghum

Some issues have recently been raised on the Darling Downs regarding the use of Helicoverpa nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) against corn earworm on grain sorghum. These issues involve the delay in time to kill and the level of control not necessarily meeting growers’ expectations. Seasonal conditions The last couple of weeks on the Downs have been cooler than normal. The average daily… Read more »

Friendly fighter conquers foe

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Microplitis demolitor is just one of many friendly fighters that battle to contain numbers of one of our most important pests, the corn earworm, Helicoverpa armigera. Corn earworm on grain sorghum is making its presence felt and many crops are being sprayed with Helicoverpa nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) to control above-threshold infestations of caterpillars. The current high value of grain sorghum (over… Read more »

Corn earworm chews into sorghum profits

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Sorghum growers across the Darling Downs can expect to see an influx of the corn earworm, Helicoverpa armigera, in their flowering sorghum crops over the next few weeks. Growers are well equipped to deal with the problem in an environmentally friendly way. Moths are active and wanting to lay eggs on susceptible crops, and sorghum crops putting up heads are… Read more »