Western bean cutworm, or WBC, is a pest of corn that has expanded its range across Iowa and states east of Iowa. Beginning in 2003, Iowa State University set up a network of pheromone traps to monitor WBC. This provides yearly moth emergence data to enhance scouting efforts.
Cooperators are needed in 2012 to monitor traps and record data to the Iowa State University Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network website. Producers and crop consultants interested in becoming part of the monitoring network this year, or those who want more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org. To take part in the monitoring, include postal mailing address in the email message.
The trapping program consists of: 1) Building moth traps out of one-gallon milk jugs and pheromone lures supplied by Iowa State University. 2) Monitoring traps every other day for new moth captures (see photo). 3) Reporting trap data to the website.
Plan to attend Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Field Day June 12
In other ISU news announced this week, mark your calendar for the annual Western Iowa No-till, or WIN, Demonstration Field Day, set for June 12. This is the fifth such field day to be held at the Carstens 1880 farmstead, which is located just south of the town of Shelby, Iowa. Registration and vendor displays will open at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Those with an interest in soil stewardship, whether looking for basic management ideas or an adding to long-time no-till practices, are encouraged to attend this daylong educational event.
This year's WIN field day topics will include managing planter settings in heavy crop residue areas of fields, use of cover crops to improve soil structure, a marketing update and a weather outlook. Keynote speaker Paul Jasa, Extension engineer with University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will discuss techniques for successful long-term no-till systems for a corn/bean rotation, as well as continuous corn on corn. A steak sandwich lunch grilled by the Harrison County Cattlemen will be provided free of charge.
In addition to the educational sessions, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. CCA credits also will be available for Certified Crop Advisors needing continuing education units.
There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is required by June 7. Registration can be completed by emailing email@example.com or calling Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. Registrations also may be faxed to 712-644-2100 or be mailed to: ISU Extension Harrison County, 304 East 7 St., Logan, IA 51546.
NRCS, ISU Extension and Outreach, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby counties are field day organizers; sponsors include many local agribusinesses.