A big part of a successful pest control strategy depends on pests behaving in a certain way and us basing our control measures on that. When an insect pest deviates from typical behaviour, it can in some cases, negate any control strategy we implement based on that behaviour. Things like emergence patterns, feeding habits, biology and life cycle are things we look at in any control strategy. This can have major impacts if an application is timed wrong or in some cases can’t be made at all because of the harvest window.

Peter Johnson is a Cereal Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs. He’s seen some unexpected pest behaviour this season. Rob Mclaughlin, C&M Seeds spoke to Peter Johnson about what pests are acting differently and what they’re doing to impact the wheat crop in Ontario.  .

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