Local Agronomic Insect Trapping Report 7-24

For the week of 7/15-7/21. This is the first week where we have had a significant increase in Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) numbers. Scout 10 different areas of 10 corn plants within a field for egg masses. The economic threshold is 5 egg masses per 100 plants scouted. Eggs range in color from white to purple (close to hatching) are are usually found on upper leaves of the plant.

WBC:

Freedom – 40
Monroe – 17
Pleasant -30
Bartlow – 101
NWARS – 18

ECB:

Freedom – 0
Bartlow – 0

BMSB:

Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs

 

 

Local Agronomic Insect Trapping Report 7-17

For the week of 7/8-7/14. No traps at the economic threshold for treatment for Western Bean Cutworm (WBC), European Corn Borer (ECB), or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Compared to 2017 WBCW numbers are much lower, I anticipate an increase over the next couple of weeks as later planted corn tassels and pollinates.

WBC:

Freedom – 5
Monroe – 0
Pleasant -3
Bartlow – 3
NWARS – 5

ECB:

Freedom – 4
Bartlow – 0

BMSB:

Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs

 

 

Local Agronomic Insect Trapping Report 7-3

For the week of 6/24-6/30. No traps at the economic threshold for treatment for Western Bean Cutworm (WBC), European Corn Borer (ECB), or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

WBC:

Freedom – 6
Monroe – 1
Pleasant -1
Bartlow – 5
NWARS – 0

ECB:

Freedom – 0
Bartlow – 0

BMSB:

Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs

 

8 Tips To Extend Your Phone Battery During Long Days In The Field

By: Margy Eckelkamp
Previously on Farm Journal’s Ag Tech

It’s a mix of urban legend and science—how to maximize the battery life of your smart phone. iPhone, Android or other, all phones have their limits, and long-days in the field put the devices to their test—particularly when you forget the charging cord.

Here’s a curated list of some ideas to help give you that extra five minutes for a phone call.

1. Research in how your phone uses its battery Continue reading

How USDA Services Will Be Affected by Government Shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue outlined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) services available in the event of a government shutdown.

“USDA is committed to safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide – and should the government shut down, we will continue to do just that,” said Secretary Perdue. “I am proud of each USDA employee for everything they do to benefit the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our services. It is their mission each day to fulfill our USDA motto, ‘Do right and feed everyone.’”

While you may click HERE to view USDA’s lapse in funding plans, background information on USDA services available in the event of a government shutdown are below: Continue reading

Farm Groups Launch “Farm Town Strong” Campaign to Address Rural Opioid Epidemic

From Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net

As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) announced a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong,” to raise awareness of the crisis’ impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.

The groups have launched a new website, FarmTownStrong.org, to provide easy access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities. Continue reading

Climate Scientists Study the Odds of a U.S. Megadrought

By: Cornell University

To help untangle fact from speculation, Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwestern United States. The research was published online in the Journal of Climate. Continue reading