This years mild winter has brought a number of concerns to producers minds in the area of pests. The general thoughts and feelings being that the mild weather would either help pests to over winter more easily leading to increased numbers or that the conditions would lead to pests being out and about much earlier than normal. Addressing those questions has an immediate effect on how and when we scout for pests, what measures we take and how we plan for the next year overall.
Pea leaf weevil is one of those pests producers are concerned about this year. That concern is warranted. The damage that the pea leaf weevil can cause has an immediate and irreversible impact on yields. The pests require control measures at the earliest possible stage depending on your risk assessment to be effective at all.
In this episode of the Pulse School we talk to Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development Insect Management Specialist Scott Meers about Pea Leaf Weevil, the damage it can do, how and when to scout for it and what measures are required by the farmer.
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