Camden Crop News: August 4, 2021

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There is a new edition of Camden Crop News! See below for more information (and there’s a downloadable version available).

Camden/Currituck Wheat Production Meeting: August 13

In preparation for the upcoming wheat production season, we will be having a wheat production meeting on August 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Currituck County Center located at 120 Community Way, Barco, NC. Dr. Angela Post, NC State Extension Small Grains Specialist, will join us in discussing the latest in wheat research. No breakfast will be provided at this meeting. Two hours of N, O, D, and X pesticide credits will be available.

Corn Earworm Flight Has Started

Written By Dr. Anders Huseth
It is time to start scouting cotton and soybeans for corn earworm also known as bollworm. On Monday (7/26/21), we deployed 20 pheromone traps across 5 eastern counties to monitor corn earworm. When checking traps today (7/29/21), we counted a large number of moths in traps network located in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, and Wilson counties (up to 50-60 corn earworm moths per day).

Given the numbers observed in traps over the first 3 days of trapping, we could be in for a moderate to large flight this year. Low numbers of corn earworm eggs were detected while scouting cotton and soybean fields adjacent to traps. Corn earworm eggs were also found in soybean at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station located near Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Crop consultants reported significant egg laying in cotton in southeastern counties.

Scouting Tips:
1. Begin by scouting high-risk fields, such as, later-planted fields, those that are flowering or have young pods, those in light soils that show drought stress or poor growth, or those located on high spots.
2. Increase scouting frequency to twice each week in any fields where earworms are detected.
3. See the corn earworm threshold calculator.
4. Hopefully full-season soybeans will have less risk of having a worm infestation. Due to potential stink bug damage, it is advised to keep an eye on fields through leaf shed or R7 (one normal pod on the main stem has reached its mature pod color).

Saltwater Intrusion Meeting: August 27

The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Camden and Pasquotank County Centers will be conducting a saltwater intrusion meeting on August 27 from 10 a.m.–noon at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Pasquotank County office (1209 McPherson St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909). We will focus on research related to saltwater intrusion and its impact on agricultural lands. Those that can benefit from this field day are farmers, landowners, county and government officials, and other interested individuals.

Guest speakers will include: Dr. Chad Poole & Dr. Luke Gatiboni from NC State University, and Dr. Alex Manda from East Carolina University. Over the last few years we have been facilitating research efforts in southern Camden and Pasquotank Counties focused on this issue, and hope that this meeting will serve as an opportunity to showcase and discuss results that have been obtained thus far.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite as the meeting will conclude with a catered lunch.

Upcoming Events

August 13: Wheat Meeting
August 18: National Corn Yield Contest Entry Deadline
August 19: Private Pesticide Applicator “V” Training
August 27: Saltwater Intrusion Meeting

For more information regarding any of your farming needs, please feel free to contact me at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Camden County office: 252-331-7630. Your questions and comments are important to me.

Camden Crop News – August 2021

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