Cooperators Needed For Cutworm Monitoring

Cooperators Needed For Cutworm Monitoring

Iowa's annual black cutworm monitoring network is getting organized for 2012. Farmers and other volunteers are needed to monitor traps.

The Iowa State University Extension Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic and ISU's Integrated Pest Management program are coordinating the annual black cutworm monitoring network in Iowa again this spring. Farmers and agribusiness personnel are needed to monitor traps for the arrival of cutworm moths this spring.

By Adam Sisson, Integrated Pest Management

Cutworm monitoring time is nearing – and the IPM program at ISU is now recruiting cooperators for 2012. The following information is provided by Adam Sisson, who works with the IPM program at ISU in Ames.

Black Cutworm moth pheromone trap

Black cutworm monitoring will begin April 1. Cooperators will be sent a cutworm trap to assemble and place; they then are asked to monitor the trap every other day. Cooperators record the number of moths and enter the data at at least once per week. Trap monitoring stops near the beginning of June. Trap data, along with degree days, is used to estimate when farmers should be scouting. Scouting will determine if treatment for BCW is necessary in a field.

To become a cooperator, e-mail [email protected] with your name, address and county where trap will be placed. Cooperators will receive a trap kit in the mail with supplies, instructions and pest identification information. The target sign-up deadline is mid-March to allow enough time for shipping. More information about BCW in Iowa can be found in a May 2011 ICM News article.

Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual review and quiz modules now available

Black cutworm moth

In other ISU Extension crop pest management news, a new CD called the "Iowa Core Companion" is now available to assist folks who are preparing for the commercial pesticide applicator core exam. It provides review and practice quizzes for a better understanding of the material covered in the Iowa Core Manual. "County extension offices and the Pest Management and the Environment (PME) office frequently get requests for practice exams to use as a study aide for pesticide applicator exams," says Betsy Buffington, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach PME specialist.

Buffington developed the Iowa Core Companion review and quiz modules based on information needed to pass the Iowa Core examination for commercial pesticide applicators. The modules were reviewed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, PME extension specialists and extension field agronomists.

The review module contains the learning objectives from each chapter of the core manual, case studies and more than 100 review questions. The practice quiz module contains more than 100 multiple-choice, true/false and matching questions. The training should be used in association with the Iowa Core Manual, IC 445.

To meet the needs of all Iowans, the material is made available on CD. "Because some applicators do not have access to Internet or have slow Internet connections, the modules are offered on CD," Buffington says.

The Iowa Core Companion can be purchased as a set with the Iowa Core Manual or alone from the ISU Extension Online Store,, or calling 515-294-5247. It also is available for digital download from the online store.

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