Events & Media

Ministry Update on Army Worm and Rootworm – June 2018

An update on the status of Army Worm & Rootworm activity in BC has been sent by the BC Ministry and Ag.  Please see it below: True Armyworm: We have been monitoring for adult moths with pheromone traps in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island from early May onwards.  You may see our green … Read more

Western Corn Rootworm Q&A

What do the worms look like? “Worms” are actually thin white larvae of the Western Corn Rootworm beetle.  These larvae can be found in corn root masses and feed on and can destroy the brace roots and main roots of the corn plants. The plant can grow and seem healthy but is weak and can … Read more

Army Worm Q&A

What do the worms look like? The “worms” are caterpillars (larvae) up to 1.5 inches long (3.5 cm), with brown to black bodies with tan stripes on sides. Heads are tan and mottled with darker lines. Larvae have 6 instars (stages) with the last three stages being the most damaging to grass hay and corn … Read more

Pest Alert September 7, 2017

Prepared by Tracy Hueppelsheuser, [email protected] 604-556-3031, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Abbotsford. True Armyworm (Pseudoletia unipuncta or Mythinma unipuncta) second generation larvae have been observed severely damaging grass hay and forage corn in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. General Locations confirmed with heavy larvae feeding and damage to grass hay and corn: Vancouver Island locations … Read more

True Armyworm Update August 28, 2017

Prepared by: Tracy Hueppelsheuser, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, [email protected] 604-556-3031 Moth traps were set up during early August near fields that experienced damage during the first generation of caterpillars/armyworms. Moths have been seen in fields and caught consistently in traps in Port Alberni, Courtenay/Comox, and Cowichan valley locations. Traps are checked approximately weekly and number … Read more

Check your corn for rootworm damage

Lodging, tipping over, instability or ‘goosenecking’ is evident now in fields with rootworm. Check your corn for rootworm damage PDF  

Western Corn Rootworm – BC 2016

Western Corn Rootworm has been scouted by the Ministry of Ag in BC this past summer. There are two species of corn rootworm:  Western and Northern.  The Western Corn Rootworm (WCR) is the only one that has been found in BC at this point.  NOTE: the beetle has been scouted in Southern MB this season … Read more

Corn Crib Notes – Spring 2015

Corn Crib – Newsletter for Spring 2015.  Seasonal corn information update for Western Canada. thunder_seed_newsletter_spring_2015

Corn Crib Newsletter – Spring 2014

Original Newsletter created for Thunder corn dealers.  Updates and information on seasonal corn information.   thunder_seed_newsletter_july_2014