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Manitoba Crop Pest Update

Insects: Cutworms continue to be a problem in some areas, although we are getting to the end of their damaging stage for this year as many have now turned to pupae. Samples and submitted photos this week were mainly redbacked cutworms. Some management of grasshopper nymphs around field margins continues.
 
Diseases: Suddenly it seems everyone’s thoughts are turning to disease management. Given this crop year’s slow start and generally dry conditions, the “to spray [fungicide] or not to spray” decisions loom large. Some crops are also “stagey”, that is, non-uniform. When timing precision is key, the decision making is hard. Where do you turn for credible assistance in decision making?
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