Black Cutworm Moth Trap Captures Compared: Look at 2023’s Early Start

Every spring, voluteers throughout the state put forth considerable effort in trapping for the arrival and intensity of black cutworm moths. We are indebted to these faithful bug counters, hoping you also appreciate their efforts as reported in the “Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report.” If you recognize a name or two on this list of volunteers, by county, please thank them for their efforts! Heck…buy them a cup of coffee!

Not since 2012 have we seen such an early flush of black cutworm moths! As described in a Pest&Crop #3 article, an intense storm causing lives and destruction on April 1, also brought massive numbers of moths from the Southwestern States. In addition, we’ve not had widespread freezes since then. Because of that, we set that date as biofix, and began accumulating heat units for cutworm development, that also tracks very closely to corn development. This is all explained in last week’s Pest&Crop here. If you view the “Growing Degree Day (50F/86F) Accumulation,” April 1 – May 10, 2023, in this week’s “Weather Update,” you’ll see that cutting of black cutworm is possible about three-quarters the way up the state. No surprise that this week’s heat has accelerated the cutworm’s development This a friendly reminder to SCOUT those high-risk emerging corn fields!

Consider, that April 1 was only the beginning of a significant moth arrival, the graph clearly shows that moths have continued to arrive in meaningful numbers . This potentially spreads out this risk to corn just planted, not those already emerged. Happy scouting!!!

BCW Trap Comparison


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