CropWatch: Young lygus may still harm late canola

Reports of high numbers of lygus bugs in the Peace region and other areas of Alberta may have some farmers wondering if they should spray, the Canola Council of Canada says in Grainews’ CropWatch.

It’s normal to see a flush of young lygus bugs at this time of year, but it’s usually harmless as they feed on the least mature pods. This year, however, late canola crops may see significant losses if adult or near-adult lygus numbers are high, the council says.

Among other new notices and links you’ll find at CropWatch:

* The Prairie hail insurers’ group, the Canadian Crop Hail Association, reminds growers with hail-stricken fields why it’s best to leave check strips if they have to swath before adjusters can survey the damage.

* Manitoba’s agriculture department reports two more cases of late blight in potato crops.

* Alberta pest specialist Scott Meers, on Call of the Land, explains how to tell wheat midge from orange aphids in wheat fields.

* Canadian Grain Commission entomologist Blaine Timlick discusses why grain drying is still important, even if the weather seems dry, in a growing season that started off as wet as this one did for many growers.

* Saskatchewan’s agriculture ministry reports that harvest, in regions with viable crops, is proceeding only slightly behind the five-year curve.

Be sure to add your own reports using the “Share a comment” and “Share a photo” functions, or to respond to other posted reports using the “Reply” button. To visit the Grainews CropWatch page, click HERE.

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