Our first session will be a presentation from Tracey Baute, field crop entomologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
During this free 60-minute session, Baute will share the do’s and don’ts of western bean cutworm (WBC) management. Since 2000, this insect has been spreading east from the western U.S. across the midwest into the Great Lakes region, including Ontario and Quebec. WBC is now considered a primary pest in corn for Ontario growers. Let’s take a look at what the 2017 growing season had in store and what kind of best management practices we can enact to eliminate damage.
You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the WBC life cycle and behaviour, how to scout and determine which fields are at risk and when is best to time a spray application to reduce the risk of injury and quality concerns.