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Wheat & Small Grains September 2014

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle

This lady beetle has been repeatedly introduced to North America from Europe as a biological control agent. It was established in the early 1970s in New Jersey and has been spread naturally throughout North America. Both the adults and the larvae are voracious predators of aphids. C. septempunctata may be a more effective predator than some native lady beetle species, displacing them in some areas. These predator are found in aphid infested crops, including potatoes, legumes, sweet corn, alfalfa, wheat, sorghum, etc. » More ...

Wireworms take bite out of winter wheat crop

August/September 2014 By Aaron Esser, David Crowder, and Ivan Milosavljevic Wireworms continue to be a persistent pest in cereal grain systems in the Pacific Northwest, but unlike previous years when most reports of severe damage were in spring wheat, damage to winter wheat took center stage this season. » More ...
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