Winter wheat is grown in the far western part of Kentucky (www.nass.usda.gov). Over the past ten years, winter wheat production has been relatively stable with Kentucky ranking 19th in the nation, on average, in winter wheat production although in recent years production has increased. In 2009, Kentucky was ranked 17th in the nation for production of winter wheat with 22 million bushels produced and in 2010, Kentucky was ranked 16th in the country with over 16 million bushels produced (statistics from www.ipmcenters.org and www.nass.usda.gov).As a crop of increasing importance, it is important to safeguard this industry from potentially damaging pests by conducting surveys that will allow for early detection and eradication.

2013 was the first year of the Small Grains Commodity Survey.  We surveyed 10 winter wheat fields in western Kentucky (the area of the state with the greatest amount of wheat acreage).  We designed a trapping program that targeted five moth pests:  Old World Bollworm, Silver-Y Moth, Egyptian Cotton Leafworm, European Grapevine Moth, and Cotton Cutworm.  The traps were in the wheat fields from April to July 2013.  In 2014 and 2015, we again surveyed 10 wheat fields for the same 5 moth pests.

Old World Bollworm

Old World Bollworm

 Egyptian Cotton Leafworm

Egyptian Cotton Leafworm

2013

  • Number of Fields Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan, McLean, Todd, Union, Webster

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

2014

  • Number of Fields Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Henderson, Hopkins, Lyon, McLean, Trigg, Webster

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

2015

  • Number of Fields Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Crittenden, Daviess, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Union, Webster

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

European Grapevine Moth

European Grapevine Moth

Silver Y Moth

Silver Y Moth

Cotton Cutworm

Cotton Cutworm

Small Grains Winter Wheat Commodity Survey 2013

Small Grains Winter Wheat Commodity Survey 2014

Small Grains Winter Wheat Commodity Survey 2015