Wheat School 2011 – The Cereal Leaf Beetle – Scott Meers

The cereal leaf beetle traditionally has been a minor pest in Canada.  Western Canada has begun to see some of the damage as it has moved north from the United States.  Scott Meers, Alberta Agriculture states that the cereal leaf beetle has not yet moved above Highway One but should still be a concern for producers.

Although first discovered in Canada in Southwestern Ontario in 1967, The cereal leaf beetle is not a pest that causes too much of a concern according to Rob McLaughlin, C&M Seeds.  In places like Alberta the cereal leaf beetle is definitely on the minds of the pest surveillance division of Alberta agriculture.  At Ag-Expo in Lethbridge we talked to Scott Meers, Alberta Agriculture about the impact of the cereal leaf beetle, how you identify it and a closer look at the movement north from the US.

FarmingSmarter shows the cereal leaf beetle in the field in 2010

SEE THE CFIA’s TECH SHEET ON THE CEREAL LEAF BEETLE

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Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4PM est. @shaunhaney

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