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The Peanut IPM Slide Chart is a critical tool for peanut producers, crop consultants, ag retailers, and pesticide dealers in Alabama. This slide chart provides information about pest identification and scouting methods, insecticide choices and application rates, and much more for a quick-reference. To order the slide chart by mail, please contact Dr. Ayanava Majumdar by email at azm0024@aces.edu or by contacting an Agronomic Crops Regional Extension Agent near you.

 

 

*This is an excerpt from Scouting Techniques for Soil Insect Pests of Peanuts, ANR-1364

The lesser cornstalk borer (LCB), Elasmopalpus lignosellus, is one of the major insect pests of peanuts in some parts of Alabama. Overwintering stage: Larvae overwinter in soil and crop debris.

Behavioral clues: Research indicates that LCB is better able to survive dry soil conditions in which its natural predators cannot thrive. This anomaly results in a greater incidence of LCB in the soil. Larvae of this insect are highly attracted to carbon dioxide and heat released by belowground plant parts of peanuts.

Scouting Techniques

• Scouting maps. It is very important to detect this insect early in the season so that control measures can be undertaken in a timely manner. Scouting maps are available for LCB through the AWIS Weather Services Web site. Based on calculation of borer days (BD), there will be a need to scout if the model has values within a 0 to 5 range. BD values over 5 indicate unusually high larval populations.

• Pheromone traps. These are highly effective in detection and monitoring of flight activity of adults. Preliminary data from the 2009 IPM pheromone trapping project in Alabama indicate that moth flight initiate in June followed by several weeks of intense mating activity in July and August. High and dry areas in sandy fields should be monitored closely for crop injury because LCB larvae survive well under xeric conditions.

• Look for webbing. Pull some pods out of the ground and look for webbing  attached to damaged pods. Larvae make feeding tubes that can be easily detected. Action threshold: Presence of larvae in 30 percent of sampling sites suggests economically injurious populations.

Read here to learn more about Scouting Techniques for Soil Insect Pests of Peanuts.

 

 

 

The Home and Market Garden (Urban Farm) IPM Toolkit wheel slide chart is a great tool for urban farmers as well as home and community gardeners interested in vegetable production.

This wheel slide chart has both conventional and organic insecticide listings for nearly 20 different crops. It also has a listing of common insect pests with accompanying images that may help when scouting in garden vegetables.

To receive copy of this wheel slide chart, email Ayanava Majumdar at azm0024@aces.edu.

For growers or gardeners that are looking for organic only options, refer to the Alternative Vegetable IPM Recommendations Slide Chart, which describes the three levels of sustainable integrated pest management practices.

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