By Kaeley Kindrachuk, B.App.Sc., AT, Regional Crops Specialist, Outlook
Every year, volunteers set traps along field edges to collect data for Bertha Armyworm Moths and Diamondback Moths. This information lets Ministry staff, agronomists and producers know if we should be looking for certain crop pests. All of the collection numbers get compiled and contribute to the provincial forecast maps that the Ministry of Agriculture releases.
Regional Crops Specialists throughout the province will be looking for canola fields to place their traps in. The traps are not intrusive. They will be hung on plastic fence posts at the edge of the field and you will be able to spray over them. Both of the traps can go up in the same field. The Diamondback trap will go up near the end of April and stay in the field for about six weeks. The Bertha Armyworm Moth trap will go up at the beginning of June and be removed at the end of July. You will be able to request information from the traps from your Regional Crops Specialist. The Pea Leaf Weevil survey is different and done by counting the notches on pea plants, rather than setting up traps. Specialists may be available to come help scout and look for other insects, but these are the only two traps put up.
The Ministry of Agriculture also leads disease surveys in the province. If you have fields that our Specialists would have permission to enter, please contact your local Crop Specialist. We will need canola, peas, lentils, flax, corn, wheat and soybeans. You will be contacted closer to the survey time for specific land locations and field details. The surveys will include Clubroot, Blackleg and Root Rot. These surveys are a one-time entry and range in times from late June until harvest begins. Also, if you would like to survey fields yourself, we are always looking for volunteers. Please let us know and we will ensure you are included in training opportunities.
For more information, to see the maps, or to volunteer your fields:
- Visit www.saskatchewan.ca and search “pest forecast maps”
- Contact your nearest Regional Crops Specialist, or
- Call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377