Interested in learning more about an early season corn and soybean pest? Check out our newest video featuring Dr. Kelley Tilmon!
The seed corn maggot (SCM) spends the larval and pupal stages below the ground in the soil. Adults will emerge as a fly. The larvae feed on newly planted seedlings preventing germination. This all happens below the soil surface, so the key indicator SCM is in your field is skips in your rows when plants start to emerge. Unfortunately, curative treatments aren't effective (because SCM presence usually isn't noticable until the damage has been done) - but luckily, preventative treatments are effective and available. Learn more in our video below!