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ISSUE DATE: 06/11/2012

Alfalfa crop not exempt from insect pressure

By Kylene Scott

A mild winter and an unusually warm spring have created a perfect storm for the insect population in many crops. Alfalfa is no different this year.

Insect scouting in alfalfa is an important part of the management process, and can help or hinder the quality of the hay resulting.

"Crop monitoring/scouting is extremely important for all crops but especially alfalfa," Jeff Whitworth, associate professor of entomology, Kansas State University, said. "Because alfalfa is a perennial and usually has a canopy, it provides a great habitat for all kinds of insects, including beneficials and pests, but mostly insects that are neither. So, it is imperative that the insects are correctly identified."

Bruce Bosley, a cropping systems and natural resources Colorado State University Extension agent in Logan and Morgan counties, said walking the fields and pulling samples of plants to see what is out there is key. In his area of Colorado, the alfalfa weevil is No. 1 on the list of insect enemies.

"With alfalfa weevil, the timing is pretty important and the reason that you scout for it is you are looking to reduce the amount of skeletalization that you usually get," Bosley said. "With alfalfa weevil you lose a fair amount of the quality of the alfalfa."


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CHS Foundation awards scholarships
Farm bill debate begins on Senate floor
NU hosts Rural Futures Conference
Robotics program continues to grow


'Agriculture Today' broadcasts live wheat harvest reports
Drought claims more of state; Cotton struggling
Equipment troubles keep Misener crew 'crazy busy'
Families in need benefit from prison garden
Hoffman Harvesting is here, there and everywhere
KDA announces agriculture photo contest
Rain stops the action for Osowski Ag
Roland Harvesting sees improvement over last year's crop
RV parking at DCRP for 3i Show
Saving wheat seed
Specialist: Producers should expand weed-control toolbox
Start harvest with a clean bin
USDA scientists develop irrigation guidelines
Using reduced tillage
Western State Bank Expo Center to hold Open House June 22
Z Crew moves from Oklahoma to Kansas


CDA: Test herds for bovine trich
Dr. Bob Hines Kansas Youth Swine Classic set for July
Early weaning one tactic to cope with poor forage conditions
FSIS targeting 6 more strains of E coli in raw beef trim
Hickory County Cattlemen's Bus Tour set for August
Iowa has first cases of trichomoniasis
ISU Extension hires new ag economist
KCA to host Creekstone Farms plant tour
K-State animal scientist honored
New nutrition labels on meat and poultry make decisions easier
Pork Quality Assurance webinars offered
Registration open for Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open
Second case of vesicular stomatitis confirmed
Study reveals robust Wyoming sheep industry
Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set
UNL animal science department appoints ambassadors
Wool Pool collection is June 16


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Enough of the gloom and doom
Unwrapping debts and diplomas


Czech tire company opens IA plant
DuPont supports world hunger initiatives
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New corn for 2013 may set the yield bar
Partnership expands precision ag capabilities
Spray height control now available on sprayers
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Aberdeen cattle auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Corn, wheat traders in buying mood
Crop, pasture conditions decline
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Harvest progressed despite storms
Harvesting of wheat, oats continues
Hay trade slow
Hay trade steady to slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock sales report
Limited precipitation across state
McAlester livestock auction report
Moisture improves growing conditions
Most of state sees break from unseasonably warm temps
Most parts of state remain dry
Most soil moisture levels short, very short
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock cattle auction report
Producers have busy week
San Angelo livestock auction report
Second cutting of alfalfa near half complete
South Central direct sheep
Soybeans in good condition
Springfield livestock sales report
Summer livestock auction break
Texas Direct feeder cattle report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Varied rainfall across state
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Winter wheat progresses
Woodward livestock auction report


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Drought still challenges pastures, producers
Eliminating fescue from field requires patience
KGLC to host range school
Managing risk of poisonous plants
NMSU to host basic ranch management event
Stem rust observed in tall fescue fields


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Control of poison ivy difficult
Delicate strawberries can toughen the body
Dressing a salad is like dressing a Barbie doll
Extension offers Junior Master Gardener workshop
Extension research may help vegetable gardeners
Firing up for a grilliant summer
Growing magnolias
Make healthy choices for summer snacking

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