Call for Cooperators – 2021 Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Program

Paulding County OSU Extension will be monitoring for Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) moths again during the 2021 growing season. We currently have two farmer cooperators for 2021, with the goal of having five throughout Paulding County. We are especially looking for fields near Paulding, Junction, Grover Hill, and Oakwood.

Moths are trapped by placing pheromone traps (see picture) at the edge of cornfields throughout the county and checked on a weekly basis beginning late June and proceeding through August.

The WBC monitoring program is a state-led initiative to better understand insect populations, and develop management recommendations for growers. Each week, WBC numbers will be published in the C.O.R.N. newsletter. Paulding County WBC numbers will also be published on this blog on a weekly basis.

If you are interested in hosting a trap in one of your cornfields in 2021, please call ANR Educator Sarah Noggle at 419-399-8225 by March 29.

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