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Flea Beetles, Monarch Butterflies and more!

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Visit the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network 

Today Scott Meers talks about insect activity in the province, starting with flea beetles in the Peace:$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl20928

FYI  Monarch Butterflies are off to a slow start this year, with the number moving north in May at an all time low (as indicated by first sightings reported to Journey North). Any Alberta sightings will be significant.

During the past 2 weeks, Dr. Denis Gaudet, and his team, has surveyed approximately 15 winter wheat fields in southern Alberta south of Highway #1 for stripe rust. They have not observed any pustules. This would signify that stripe rust did not overwinter in southern Alberta this year. However, a serious outbreak of stripe rust near Brundage, Idaho has been reported this week. This outbreak in Idaho may be the result of an overwintering event there, or at least a very early arrival of spores from California. Frequent scouting will be essential in susceptible varieties as the disease could arrive in Alberta very soon, depending on prevailing winds and conditions. Dr. Gaudet’s team will continue weekly surveys in southern Alberta and will keep us abreast of the results.”

Mike Harding<>,
Plant Pathologist, AARD
Phone 403-362-1338

Created May 31, 2013 | Category: Industry

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