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Grasshopper: Friend or Foe?
Its summer and the summertime pests are out in force. Grasshoppers are on my hit list this week. We came back from a July 4th celebration and found the grasshoppers had left the pastures and moved to our landscape. Their presence will continue to grow as the pastures dry out. Consecutive years of hot, dry summers and warm, dry autumns favor grasshopper survival and reproduction. Warm, dry fall weather allows grasshoppers more time to feed and lay eggs. Large numbers of grasshoppers in the late summer can deposit… Read More →
Recently we have had a number of phone calls about worms on cedar trees. This is actually the juniper budworm. The Texas A&M Forest Service has a great publication about the juniper budworm and its control. The following is an excerpt from their publication. “The small green larvae attack the tips of Ashe juniper (aka “cedar”) trees. As they feed, they web the foliage together and much of it will turn red or brown. The actual impact of this little caterpillar to the juniper trees is unknown…. Read More →
Fall Army Worms
Army Worm infestations have been reported in small grains crops late last week. The recent ideal growing conditions for wheat and oats have also been great for the worms. Producers should be scouting their crops and improved forages such as Coastal Bermudagrass to ensure early detection and control. Armyworms should be controlled when they occur in large numbers or plant damage is becoming excessive. Fall armyworms feed any time of the day or night, but are most active early in the morning or late in the evening. Susceptible… Read More →
This past week, I was driving between Walnut Springs and Iredell. To my surprise the road was covered in grass hoppers. I have been on many farm and project visits all around the county the past couple of weeks. I knew we were going to have a higher than normal grasshopper population, but the sheer number I saw on that road was concerning. Grass hoppers have one life cycle per year. Bosque County has several species of grasshoppers that vary in size, color, and maturity which give the… Read More →