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We will probably find more fall armyworm damage in the next week or so, as the offspring of the previous generation get big enough to eat large amounts of forage.  Please make an extra effort to check your forages so you find the caterpillars while they are small.  This week I added two counties to the list of counties reporting fall armyworm damage, Cullman and Barbour.  I expect we will add more counties in the coming week,

faq poster Fall armyworms in pastures or hayfields have now been reported in 20 counties, as of July 26, 2014: Barbour, Blount, Butler, Choctaw, Covington, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Lawrence, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, St. Clair, Pike, Tallapoosa, Wilcox, and Washington. The fall armyworm watch map has been updated. You can find the armyworm map in several different ways:
  1. There is a direct link to the page from the www.alabamaforages.com homepage underneath the *NEW* section

  2. You can find a link to the map, as well as helpful information related to Fall Armyworm underneath the “Fall Armyworm” section of the Insect Pest Management Page http://www.aces.edu/anr/forages/Management/InsectPestManagement.php

  3. You can follow this direct link http://www.aces.edu/anr/forages/Management/documents/FallArmywormMap.php
Please let me know if you find them so we can keep updating the map. Thanks to Jennifer Johnson for posting the map in places where we can find it.
You can also bookmark this link for resources on how to look for and control Fall Armyworm in pastures and hayfields: http://bit.ly/18wvBPZ
Here are individual links to various fall armyworm resources:
Insect sweep nets can be purchased at various farm and forestry supply stores.
As always, please let me know if you find fall armyworms in your Alabama forage grasses.
 
Kathy Flanders
flandkl@auburn.edu

 


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