Kentucky ranks 14th in the nation in corn production with corn produced in every one of Kentucky's 120 counties.  Western Kentucky has the largest portion of corn-producing acreage in the state.  As Kentucky's 2nd largest cash crop, the corn crop in 2008 was valued at $617 million and Kentucky corn growers produced their largest corn crop in history in 2009 with 190 million bushels produced (www.kycorn.org).  The value of the corn crop in Kentucky has been greater than that of hay or tobacco for the last 3 years.  As such a valuable commodity, it is important to safeguard this industry from potentially damaging pests by conducting surveys that will allow for early detection and eradication.

We will survey 15 corn fields using traps and lures that target five moth pests:  Old World Bollworm, Silver-Y Moth, Egyptian Cotton Leafworm, False Codling Moth, and Cotton Cutworm.  The traps will be in the corn fields from May to September/October depending on the pest.

Old World Bollworm

Old World Bollworm


Egyptian Cotton Leafworm  

 Egyptian Cotton Leafworm

 


Silver Y Moth 

Silver Y Moth


False Codling Moth

False Codling Moth