Corn is produced in every one of Kentucky’s 120 counties with western Kentucky having the most corn-producing acreage in the state.  In 2010, corn cash receipts accounted for about one-third of total crop receipts with a value of $603.9 million.  In 2011, Kentucky farmers produced 180.7 million bushels of corn which was valued at $1.16 billion (statistics from www.kycorn.org).  In 2012, Kentucky farmers planted 1.60 million acres of corn, up 16% from 2011.  This represented the largest corn acreage planted since 1986 (www.kyagr.com).   In 2013, corn acreage was down but corn production was estimated at a record 243 million bushels which is a 134% increase over 2012 production.  At 170 bushels/acre, 2013 yield was the highest on record, surpassing the 2009 crop of 165 bushels/acre (statistics: http://www.kyagr.com).  2014 corn production was estimated at 226 million bushels with yield estimated at 158 bu/acre and 1.43 million acres for harvest as grain while in 2015 corn for grain production was estimated at 225 million bushels with yield estimated at 172 bu/acre.  Acres for harvest as grain in 2015 are estimated at 1.31 million acres (Kentucky Agri-News).  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, False Codling Moth, Spotted Stem Borer, and Cotton Cutworm.  The traps will be in the corn fields from May to September/October depending on the pest.

                           False Codling Moth                             Old World Bollworm

           False Codling Moth          Old World Bollworm

                                  Silver Y Moth

           Silver Y Moth