Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist; email@example.com
Continue to scout all melons for aphids, cucumber beetles, and spider mites. Be sure to read all labels carefully for rates and restrictions since some are restricted to only one application as well as ground application only.
As soon as the first flowers can be found, be sure to consider a corn borer treatment. Depending on local corn borer trap catches, sprays should be applied on a 7-10 day schedule once pepper fruit is ¼ – ½ inch in diameter. Be sure to check local moth catches in your area by calling the Crop Pest Hotline (instate: 1-800 345-7544; out of state: 302 – 831-8851) or visit our website at http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/trap/trap.php At this time, you will also need to consider a treatment for pepper maggot.
Continue to scout fields for Colorado potato beetle, leafhoppers, and aphids. We have seen an increase in leafhopper populations and low levels of aphids have also been found. Controls will be needed for green peach aphids if you find 2 aphids per leaf during bloom and 4 aphids per leaf post bloom. This threshold increases to 10 per leaf at 2 weeks from vine death/kill. If melon aphids are found, the threshold should be reduced by half.
Continue to sample all seedling stage fields for leafhopper and thrips activity. As a general guideline, once corn borer catches reach 2 per night, fresh market and processing snap beans in the bud to pin stages should be sprayed for corn borer. Sprays will be needed at the bud and pin stages on processing beans. Additional sprays may be needed after the pin spray on processing beans. Since trap catches can change quickly, be sure to check our website for the most recent trap catches and information on how to use this information to make a treatment decision in processing snap beans after bloom
After the pin spray on processing beans, the spray schedule will be determined by a combination of both moth catches and field scouting.
Continue to sample all fields from the whorl through pre-tassel stage for corn borers and corn earworms. Both species can be found feeding in whorls and tassels of sweet corn. A treatment should be applied if 15% of the plants are infested with larvae. The first silk sprays will be needed for corn earworm as soon as ear shanks are visible. Be sure to check both blacklight and pheromone trap catches since the spray schedules can quickly change. Trap catches are generally updated on Tuesday and Friday mornings. You can check our website (http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/trap/trap.php and http://extension.udel.edu/ag/insect-management/insect-trapping-program/action-thresholds-for-silk-stage-sweet-corn/) or you can call the Crop Pest Hotline ( in state: 1-800-345-7544; out of state: 302-831-8851) for recent trap catches. You will also need to start scouting for fall armyworm larvae in whorl stage sweet corn. A treatment should be considered when 12-15% of the plants are infested. Since fall armyworm feeds deep in the whorls, sprays should be directed into the whorls and multiple applications are often needed to achieve control.