Pest Watch
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri May 3, 2013 10:31 AM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- The color purple has invaded many farm fields as winter annual weeds such as purple deadnettle and henbit are thriving on recent rains and leftover nitrogen. The carpet of these, and other winter annual weeds, covering fields due to delayed planting provide the perfect site for black cutworm moths to lay eggs.

Reports of moth flights have already begun to filter in. "We've been picking them up in traps over the past week," says Sean Evans, Monsanto Technology Development Representative for Insect Management. "I'd recommend growers keep a close eye on fields where winter annual growth ...

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