A big thing that we look out for here is black cutworm. We are zone-tilled, and they like a lot of residue to live in, so our crop consultant is out scouting for those pretty heavily.
In the damp, cool spring we get a lot of times, we’re always looking for seed corn maggot. Mid-season we’re looking for armyworm.
And around tassel time we’re scouting for rootworms (more for the next season). The last couple of years, we’re starting to see western bean cutworm, so we’re keeping an eye out for those in our area, too.
We’re not treating anything unless it’s there. If we do have a problem from the year before, we’ll often rotate to a different crop. We are also using some of the stacked traits that help prevent some of the seedling diseases to help protect ourselves even more.
Moo Mountain Milk and East Ridge Milk • Burley, ID
We’re very fortunate that we haven’t had any major pest or disease problems in the last several years – at least nothing we’ve ever treated for.
With more than 5,000 acres of forage, we have a lot of rotation and are able to stay on fairly new ground. However, if we do go with a corn-on-corn rotation, we use the BMR with Herculex® XTRA Insect Protection to help with pest control, specifically rootworm.
And my partners are in the fields regularly checking moisture levels, so I rely on them to identify any signs of pests or potential disease problems.