UACES Facebook Clean and Control Weed Beds Prior to Planting to Help Reduce Insect Pest Populations - March 2012

Clean and Control Weed Beds Prior to Planting to Help Reduce Insect Pest Populations - March 2012

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[Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. Music plays in the background]

[Title Slide – Clean and Control Weed Beds Prior to Planting to Help Reduce Insect Pest Populations. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Presented by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]

[Dr. Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.] Hi, I’m Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Today we’re about the 20th of March and it’s about 80 degrees out here and it’s certainly been one of the warmest springs that we’ve experienced in a lot of years. [Video shows a field with wild flowers growing around the borders of the field.]

With these higher than normal temperatures that we’re experiencing, it’s having an effect, not only on insects, but also on plants. Our wild hosts that we see around our fields right now are doing extremely well which indicates they are providing food for those pests that are out there and we can expect to have, as we go into the cropping season of 2012, much higher-than-normal populations of pest insects.

Many of the wild hosts we are seeing right now as we look around fields in particular, the ones we really should be concerned with are henbit, which is one that’s a food source for mites, plant bugs, also spider mites. [Picture of henbits.] Many of the wild hosts that we have right now that are beginning to bloom, they provide that bridge for the insects to develop and breed on and then to move into our crops later on. [Video shows fields with various wild flowers growing around the borders.] So making sure that we get good control of those going into the season, we should be clean three to four weeks prior to planting. Try to get those weeds in and around the fields under control so they don’t provide a food source for many of our pests.

[Narrator with music playing in the background] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county extension office.

[Title slide – Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. U of A Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas contact your county extension office or go to www.uaex.edu. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast.]

 

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