Aphids

3/19/13

Over the last two days I am have been seeing aphids in some wheat fields (a small percentage of fields). There have been both the black Bird Cherry Oat aphid as well as Green Bugs.

The numbers are not overwhelming, but on all the fields with an aphid presence, the wheat was not “thrifty” and looked as if something was slowing it down. In these instances I think spraying a pesticide on these fields would probably “release the crop” and be of economic value.

Producers need to be aware that aphids are now around and be checking their fields as I do not think it is going to take as many aphids to cause additional stress to our wheat this year as it has had enough to deal with this growing season.


 

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1. Shirley wrote:
You should spray them with your hose. It trwohs most of them off, and shreds their bodies. You can also buy ladybugs in little bags at the Home Depot. We did that, because all of our fruit trees looked like yours and the hosing and Dr. Brommers with strained garlic concoction was not helping so much... Just made me hungry for the Olive Garden. :)You spray your trees in the evening with a good spritz... then, take your ladybugs out there and let them go onto the tree. We did it with a flashlight (they use the light to see where they are going, so don't let them out early morning...) In two days the ladybugs were double the size. We now have no aphids in the back yard, and tons of lovely ladybugs & their babies all over the trees, still... hope they stick around for the summer. :)I have also heard if you squish some of the aphids, the chemicals release should scare the aphids off... didn't work for me, but it's worth a try...Hope that helps.

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