Quick, devastating canola eaters
Cutworms are a real problem in canola production. If you’re not paying close attention to your fields, they can devastate a big portion of your crop in a matter of days. What makes cutworms so difficult to detect is that they normally live underground during the day and emerge to feed at night.
The five most economically important cutworm species to scout for in Western Canada are: redbacked, pale western, darksided, army and dingy. Tell-tale signs of cutworm feeding can include notches to complete removal of foliage, plants that are wilted, tipped over or clipped and bare patches in the field.
What causes heavy flea beetle feeding?
Hot, dry conditions coupled with poor canola seedling emergence can create a perfect storm for flea beetle feeding. And if you’re not paying close enough attention to your fields, striped and crucifer flea beetles can devastate your crop in a matter of days.
Even on cool, windier days, flea beetles will move from the leaves down to the stems and keep feeding. This creates even bigger issues for your canola stand, as a few well-placed bites can cut off a whole cotyledon or stem.
Which flea beetles are eating your canola?
There are two types of flea beetles to watch for this season: crucifer and striped. Striped flea beetles emerge earlier in the spring and are a greater threat to earlier-seeded canola. The Canola Council warns that striped flea beetles are more tolerant to standard insecticide seed treatments and are quickly gaining territory across the west.
Lumiderm™ is a leap forward in cutworm control and flea beetle protection
A solid foundation at seeding helps you grow a better canola crop for a bigger harvest.
Lumiderm™ insecticide seed treatment helps protect your early season canola stands as part of an integrated pest management system. With Lumiderm™ on the seed, you can expect up to 35 days’ control of cutworm, as well as enhanced protection from striped and crucifer flea beetle feeding through the most critical stages of seedling growth.
Get a look at the Lumiderm™ difference in seedling vigour and biomass
Canola seed treated with Lumiderm™ helps you gain the upper hand over cutworms and flea beetles. This enhanced level of protection allows your canola crop to thrive – especially during the first few weeks of seedling growth – which leads to a healthier, larger and more vigourous plant stand.
To prove our point, we went into canola fields across the prairies and pulled seedlings with the standard insecticide seed treatment – and plants with Lumiderm™. Check out the difference for yourself!
Have questions about Lumiderm™? We’ve got answers.
We brought in our seed treatment expert, Dave Allen, to answer a few of the most commonly-asked questions about Lumiderm™. Take a few minutes and check out what he had to say about enhanced stand establishment, flea beetle protection and more.
Does Lumiderm™ offer enhanced early season stand establishment and can it help simplify your harvest timing decisions? Get the full scoop now:
You pour plenty of time, sweat and money into your canola crop. Learn how Lumiderm™ can help protect your investment right from the start of the season:
Do seed companies really ask for Lumiderm™ when evaluating and showcasing their latest canola hybrids? Get the details from Dave Allen in this short video:
Want to learn even more about Lumiderm™ insecticide seed treatment? Ask your seed retailer, call 1-800-667-3852 or visit lumiderm.dupont.ca.