Western Bean Cutworm: 2018 Trapping Summary

Sep. 4, 2018

Authors: Amy Raudenbush, John Schoenhals, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, Amanda Bennett, JD Bethel, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Thomas Dehaas, Allen Gahler, Mike Gastier, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Rory Lewandowski, Cecelia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Mike Sunderman, Alan Sundermeier, Curtis  Young, Megan Zerrer, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel and Kelley Tilmon

Another successful year of Western bean cutworm (WBC) trapping has come to an end! We want to thank all of the extension educators for their time monitoring the traps, as well as the land owners for allowing us to place traps on their property. Overall, 26 counties in Ohio monitored WBC traps from the end of June through August. A total of 80 traps were monitored weekly with a grand total of 5,308 WBC trapped and an average of 7.9 moths per trap over the duration of the monitoring period (this was a decrease from 15,117 moths trapped with an AVG of 21 moths per trap in 2017). The peak week for WBC was the third week in July (July 15 through 21) with an average of 25 WBC/trap.

For more specific information on your county and WBC numbers click here: WBC 2018 Monitoring Summary