Temperature – Temperatures are expected to rise over the weekend before returning to mid 20s in most regions towards the end of next week. Onion maggot thresholds have been surpassed in all regions except Essex which has passed the first threshold. Carrot weevil threshold has been reached in Essex county. Cabbage maggot are at threshold in Huron, Wellington, Simcoe, Peterborough, Kemptville and Sudbury. Essex, Chatham-kent and Norfolk have reached the second threshold for seedcorn maggot. Degree day data for each region is shown below.
Rainfall – Most regions in Ontario received little to no rain over the past week. Scattered showers and a risk of thunderstorms are forecasted for all regions throughout the upcoming week. Precipitation data for each region is shown below.
Asparagus – Harvest is winding down.
Beets – Cercospora leaf spot has been observed in field plots at Ridgetown campus. The presence of symptoms in the region coupled with the closing of the canopy indicates that preventative fungicide programs should be initiated soon, if they haven’t been already.
Brassica Crops – Imported cabbageworm and diamondback moth larvae are active (Figure 1). Scout 5 plants in 5 locations and record the total number of each of the lepidopteran pests.
Diamondback moth x 0.2 = A
Imported cabbageworm x 0.5 = B
Cabbage looper x 1.0 = C
A+B+C and divide by 25 = Cabbage Looper Equivalent
For cabbage the threshold is 0.3 and for broccoli and cauliflower the threshold is 0.2.
|Diamondback Moth||Imported Cabbageworm||Cabbage Looper|
|Eggs||-Scale-like eggs laid in small groups||-Yellow, bullet-shaped with ridges||-round, greenish-white|
|Larvae||-hairless||-Green larvae, short hairs, velvet-like appearance||-inchworms with thin white line along each side|
|Damage||-Create windows in leaves, do not consume through leaf||-Ragged holes and dark green frass not in piles||-Ragged holes and dark green frass in piles|
|Relative Damage (Cabbage Looper Equivalent)||0.2||0.5||1.0|
Beans and Peas – Pea harvest is well under way.
Carrot – Irrigation continues for most carrots as the dry conditions are difficult on the establishing crop. Growers are having a hard time getting good activation of the pre-emerge herbicides and pigweed is liking this weather. Carrot weevil is the insect of concern this week as adults are out laying eggs currently. We’ll be nearing the end off the egg-laying period soon so later seeded fields might be spared the worst of the pressure.
Celery – Scout for early symptoms of celery leaf curl as plants establish. If aster leafhopper counts were active in past weeks keep a close eye on plants showing symptoms of aster yellows. Tarnished plant bugs are active and thresholds have been reached in all regions.
Cucurbits – Cucumber beetle continues to be found in large numbers (See Figure 2). Early planted commercial fields should be scouted as the efficacy of seed treatments and in-furrow insecticide applications lasts 4-6 weeks. Some transplants may have been exposed to the bacterial wilt pathogen early in the season due to high numbers of cucumber beetles. Scouts should test wilting plants for bacterial ooze in the xylem to determine if wilt is caused by this week’s heat and lack of rain, or by bacterial wilt.
Garlic – Leek moth larvae that are a little ahead of the second flight are starting to show damage. While scaping, be sure to try to look at every plant to look for anything abnormal including cuts, white spots and what appears to be sawdust. If others are scaping, be sure they know to look for anything abnormal and kill any larvae they find. If there are no larvae present but holes are observed in the scape, be sure to cut open the scape and look inside, sometimes leek moth larvae can be found inside (Figure 3).
Leafy Greens – Leafminers continue to cause damage and cutworm pressure is high in some areas. Seedcorn maggot has reached it’s second threshold for Essex county and poor emergence from later plantings may be due to maggot damage.
Onions – Direct seeded onions are reaching the 4th leaf stage in many areas and transplants are starting to take off. Scout for early thrips, especially around fields that border hay that has been recently cut. Scout for wilting and dig up suspect plants to determine if wireworms, millipedes or onion maggots are the cause. Scout for stunting caused by onion smut. Cutworms are sporadic but causing damage in some areas (Figure 4).
Potatoes – The inch of rain in most parts of the province seems like a distant memory as things dry up and irrigation continues. There are leafhoppers around as hay is being cut so scout your fields for any signs of adults or nymphs. Threshold is 20 nymphs/50 leaves or 15 adults/50 leaves. Now is the time to look for Colorado Potato Beetle eggs and hatching larvae to check how the at plant insecticide is holding up.
Sweet corn – Corn has been growing well. Scout in the evening for armyworm when the caterpillars are active.
Tomatoes and Peppers – With continued warm temperatures and little precipitation, unirrigated crops are beginning to show heat stress. In addition, some young transplants are showing signs of constriction at the base of the stem, possibly due to transplant shock/planting into hot soils. If you are seeing this or other issues in your fields, please reach out to Cassandra.firstname.lastname@example.org. Pest pressure overall continues to be low in tomatoes and peppers.
NOTE: Data as of June 17th, 2020
Pest Degree Day Forecasting
|Pest||Carrot Rust Fly||Onion Maggot||Carrot Weevil||Aster Leafhopper||Tarnished Plant Bug||Cabbage Maggot||Seedcorn Maggot||European Corn Borer|
|THRESHOLD||329-395, 1399-1711||210-700, 1025-1515||138-156, 455+||128+||40+||314-398, 847-960, 1446-1604||200-350, 600-750, 1000-1150||See legend below|
*- Bivoltine region for ECB. First Peak Catch: 300-350 DD, Second Peak Catch 1050-1100 DD
**- Overlap region for ECB. First Peak Catch : 300-350 DD Second Peak Catch 650-700 DD, Third Peak Catch 1050-1100 DD
***-Univoltine region for ECB. Peak Catch 650-700 DD
Use these thresholds as a guide, always confirm insect activity with actual field scouting and trap counts.
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