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Created February 26, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Cutworms & Carnage Dr. Kevin Floate talks about cutworms in Alberta at Farming Smarter’s Lethbridge conference 2017. He talks about the types of cutworms in Alberta and the crop damage they do. He emphasizes that the Alberta government has an online reporting site to gather info about cutworm populations, types and crop preferences and encourages […]

Bug of the Month – Bed Bugs

Created February 19, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Eww! says Claudette By Dr. Hector Carcamo Bed bugs are more than just a nuisance human pest. Although they prefer our blood, they can also feed on chickens. This makes them an agricultural pest as well. The term bed bug applies to two related species that have similar life cycles: one occurs in cool regions […]

Bug of the Month Dec. 2018

Created December 4, 2018 | Category: Bug of the Month

Who survives under the snow? by Dr. Hector Carcamo How cold is cold enough to reduce insect pest numbers like the evil weevils that attack our crops? Well the answer, as is often the case, is ‘it depends.’  It depends on insect species and several environmental factors. Let us take three of our evil weevils as […]

Bug of the Month – September 20, 2018

Created September 20, 2018 | Category: Bug of the Month

Most of the cutworm species that are pests in Canada overwinter locally, typically as eggs or larvae (see table).  A small number of species (armyworm, black cutworm) re-establish each year in Canada when prevailing winds blow adults northward from the USA.  Pale western cutworm and redbacked cutworm are two of the species that overwinter as […]

Bug of the Month March 2017

Created March 16, 2017 | Category: Bug of the Month

Rice Leaf bug – Trigonotylus coelestialium Widespread across North America, the rice leaf bug is present in the Canadian prairies.  Adults are narrow bodied, long, and mainly green.  Some have green legs with red hind feet, and red antennae.  Eggs overwinter in grasses in or near cereal crops.  Adults inhabit new cereal crops, such as […]

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