Category Archives: chickpeas

Helicoverpa activity and management in chickpeas

Helicoverpa are the primary insect pest of chickpeas. Beneficial insects that are present in many crops do not thrive in chickpeas, so successful helicoverpa management relies heavily on monitoring and identification, appropriately timing control to crop stage, and using the recommended thresholds. Monitoring involves regular in-field checking with a beat sheet. Additionally, moth numbers can be monitored using pheromone traps… Read more »

Helicoverpa activity and other pests to watch for in winter crops.

Helicoverpa armigera active now. This spring a number of agronomists have just started monitoring pheromone traps across the northern region, and the results from the past two weeks illustrate how useful pheromone traps can be. Over the past 1-2 weeks, the traps are catching relatively high numbers of Helicoverpa armigera, and low catches of H. punctigera. In September it is generally assumed that… Read more »

Bruchids infesting pulse crops in the field

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There have been two reports recently of cowpea bruchid activity, with these pests infesting pulse crops in the field prior to harvest. The first report concerned the cowpea bruchid (weevil) Callosobruchus maculatus in field peas from Goondiwindi. The bruchids were noticed at intake and continued to breed in an untreated grain sample post-harvest. This clearly indicated they were not pea… Read more »

An economic threshold calculator for Helicoverpa in chickpeas

  Calculating the economics of control is critical to making a decision about if and when Helicoverpa populations in chickpeas require treatment. This season, for the first time, growers and agronomists have access to an on-line calculator to help them make these decisions. The calculator overcomes the need to try and remember the formulas in the field. Best of all,… Read more »

Helicoverpa larvae surviving in failed chickpea crops may be a threat to the following crop

With some chickpea crops being sprayed out, rather than harvested, there are reports of helicoverpa larvae surviving on crop residues. The survival of larvae, particularly large late instar larvae, poses a threat to subsequent crops that may be sown directly into the chickpea residues. It is important to check for surviving larvae under the chickpea residues before the next crop… Read more »

Refresher on managing helicoverpa in chickpea

With the approach of spring, helicoverpa start to become active. In CQ, chickpea crops are attractive to moths, and it is timely to revisit some of the key points related to making decisions about control of this pest in crops.In this article, I wanted to discuss a couple of the recommendations which some growers and agronomists have found a bit… Read more »

Managing Helicoverpa larvae in chickpea crops close to dessication and harvest.

Over the last week or so we have received a number of enquiries about how best to manage new egg-lays, and populations of small larvae, in chickpea crops that are close to dessication and senescing. Of most concern are crops that still have reasonable areas of green crop in them, and what the likelihood of damage is if the weather… Read more »

Helicoverpa management in chickpea – a refresher

A comprehensive overview of Helicoverpa management in chickpea can be found in the DPI&F brochure Helicoverpa management in chickpea (2007). You can read or download a copy of the brochure at the DPI & F website at Click on the link to Helicoverpa management in chickpea where you will find the brochure. Key management decisions The following is an… Read more »

Control considerations for Helicoverpa in chickpea

The recently released brochure outlining how to calculate an economic threshold for helicoverpa in chickpea is available on the DPI & F website at Click on the link to Helicoverpa management in chickpea where you can view or download the brochure. Control considerations – which product when? There is a range of products registered for helicoverpa control in chickpea…. Read more »

A better way to make decisions about Helicoverpa control in chickpea

A new guide to calculating economic thresholds available now Growers and agronomists are now able to calculate how much yield they will lose if they do not control an infestation of helicoverpa in chickpea. They can calculate the point at which it is economic to control an infestation based on the potential yield loss, their costs of control, the expected… Read more »