Canola Conference 2014- Pest Management with Tom RoyerTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:02:14 CDT
In a bad year for drought, the state's canola crop faced limited damage from insects. Speaking at the 2014 Canola Conference, Tom Royer, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension entomologist said insect pressure came on late in the growing season. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm News Director Ron Hays interviewed Royer about the pest issues of 2014. Click on the LISTEN Bar at the bottom of this story for Royer's comments.
Royer said this year he found a new pest in the Harlequin bug. The bugs arrival was so late in the season and the drought stress was so intense that farmers didn't treat the bug, but he did find damage from the Harlequin bug feeding on pods.
In looking ahead to the 2015 canola crop, Royer says with a more normal growing season farmers will need to scout fields and be more aware of pest pressure.
"Aphids and Diamond Back Moth I think are the two that I think normally we need to always pay attention to," Royer said.
With some new protection production coming out, Royer said these products give farmers more options.
"We've got some new registered products that have come on the market this last year that work into the toolbox of pesticides that we already have," Royer said. "They work differently, allow us to manage potential resistance and they are very effective too and they have some other good qualities in terms of how they work with pollinators and beneficials, so I am really happy to see some of these things coming on the market now."
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