Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 22 2015

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Photo: Hannah Burrack

Adult flea beetles. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Similar to previous weeks, we observed very little activity across all sites this week. Some stands appear to be showing signs of disease or phytotoxicity from treatments, but  plants are beginning to grow well. We did observe one newly hatched hornworm this week in the eastern part of the state, but it was observed outside of our scouted area. This observation suggests that there was an early flight for some hornworm moths, and given the high mortality for newly emerged hornworms it is likely the one we saw will not survive. We have observed spiders and other predators in the fields which are helping to control some of the early season pests. Although no reported live flea beetles have been observed at some sites, we did observe dead beetles at some of our stops in all fields. This means that greenhouse treatments are also still present in the plant and are providing protection.

Eastern 1

Scouting Report, Eastern 1 – Grower Standard Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.06 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Scouting Report, Eastern 1 – IPM Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.04 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Eastern 2

Scouting Report, Eastern 2 – Grower Standard Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.1 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Scouting Report, Eastern 2 – IPM Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.0 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Eastern 3

Scouting Report, Eastern 3 – Grower Standard Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.02 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Scouting Report, Eastern 3 – IPM Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.0 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

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Piedmont 1

Scouting Report, Piedmont 1 – Grower Standard Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.12 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Scouting Report, Piedmont 1 – IPM Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.07 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Piedmont 2

Scouting Report, Piedmont 2 – Grower Standard Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.12 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Scouting Report, Piedmont 2 – IPM Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.07 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Piedmont 3

Scouting Report, Piedmont 3– Grower Standard Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.0 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

Scouting Report, Piedmont 3 – IPM Field

Insect observation No. aphid infested plants Flea beetles  per plant Percent tobacco budworm infested plants Hornworms per plant Percent cutworm damaged plants Other insects
Treatment needed?
0 – No treatment
0.0 flea beetles/plant– No treatment
0% budworm infested plants – No treatment 
0 – No treatment
0 – No treatment
 

More information

Tobacco insect scouting methods – Tobacco Growers Information Portal

Previous scouting reports – Tobacco Growers Information Portal