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Black cutworms caused trouble in Illinois


An agronomist in southern Illinois says farmers should be scouting for black cutworms. 

Brian Weihmeir with LG Seeds tells Brownfield the pests started showing up in his region just before Memorial Day and have been especially noticeable on late-planted corn. “We had a lot of delayed planting which also delayed other activities such as herbicide applications and tillage practices, so a lot of those things really created an environment for us to have cutworms.”

Weihmeir says he and other agronomists warned farmers and dealers to be on the lookout for cutworms, but he never imagined he’d see this much insect pressure.

Black cutworms caused trouble in Illinois