Top Notch Farming Tips - Insect Management

During this unprecedented time, this is our way of sharing canola production knowledge and tools with you in lieu of hosting our field day this summer. This page summarizes resources on the topic of insect management.

Tuesday – May 19
- Check out this Field Heroes video that defines beneficial insects and the role they play in agricultural systems
- This Seasonal Canola Scouting Chart by the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network shows insects to watch for per growth stage in your canola fields

Wednesday – May 20
- This section of the Canola Encyclopedia talks all about flea beetles and management strategies
- This Canola School video shares tips on how to scout for flea beetle damage and the economic thresholds that warrant action
- This Saskatchewan agriculture article presents the economic thresholds of insect pests

Thursday – May 21
- Cutworm management tips in this Canola Watch article
- Cutworm scouting guide by Field Heroes

Friday – May 22
- This Canola School video talks about the critical window for scouting and spraying for flea beetles
- This Canola Watch article walks you through 8 steps to making the right flea beetle spray decision

Saturday – May 23
- This Canola School video explores 2 types of stress on a canola crop (abiotic and biotic) and how to differentiate and mitigate these stresses

Monday – May 25
- Cutworm Pests of Crops on the Canadian Prairies – Identification and Management Field Guide by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Canola Watch article: Estimating flea beetle damage in canola

Tuesday – May 26
- This Canola Watch article shares tips on how to scout for flea beetles and cutworms
- Flea beetle management protocols from the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network
- Cutworm management protocols from the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

Wednesday – May 27
- Leafhopper management protocols from the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network
- Forecast and risk maps for insect pests of prairie field crops based on 2019 surveys conducted by the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

Thursday – May 28
- Canola Watch podcast on flea beetle behaviour
- Video presentation about the two main species of flea beetle pests in canola given by Dr. Hector Carcamo at 2018 Farming Smarter conference

Friday – May 29
- Canola Encyclopedia scouting toolkit

Saturday – May 30
- Scouting for beneficial insects in oilseeds guide by Field Heroes

Wednesday – June 3
- Canola Watch article: How to assess leaf area loss for flea beetle scouting

Monday – July 13
- Subscribe to the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network’s weekly updates for crop, insect and wind forecasts, risk information and protocols throughout the growing season
- Visit the Field Heroes website for crop and pest scouting guides

Tuesday – July 14
- Protocols for managing cabbage seedpod weevil from the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network
- Canola Watch article: Scouting & Spray timing for Cabbage Seedpod Weevil

Wednesday – July 15
- Field Heroes video: Why use a sweep net?
- Field Heroes video: How to sweep a field
- Field Heroes video: What’s in my sweep net?

Thursday – July 16
- Scouting Guide for Beneficials in Oilseeds by Field Heroes

Friday – July 17
- This Canola Watch video explains how to properly scout and determine if populations are nearing the action threshold

Monday – July 20
- Canola Watch quiz: Insect eggs

Wednesday – July 22
- Sask Agriculture article: Economic thresholds of insect pests

Thursday – July 23
- RealAgriculture Canola School video: New test to detect aster yellows in leafhoppers

Friday – July 24
- Canola Watch article: Pod eaters – scouting tips & thresholds

Saturday – July 25
- Canola Watch quiz: Meet the beneficials

Monday – July 27
- Syngenta Canada: Bertha Armyworm ID & Management

Tuesday – July 28
- Field Heroes: Beneficial Insects ID & Scouting Guide

Wednesday – July 29
- Canola Watch article: Identify green worms accurately
- Canola Watch quiz: Green worms 2020

Thursday – July 30
- Canola Watch article: Thresholds for major canola insects

Friday – July 31
- Field Heroes: Scouting Guide for Diamondback Moth

Saturday – August 1
- Field Heroes podcast: What is a parasitoid and what function does it serve in your field?

Tuesday – August 4
- Canola Watch article, video, & podcast: Bertha armyworm updates & scouting tips

Wednesday – August 5
- Saskatchewan Agriculture: Bertha armyworm map of cumulative moth counts

Thursday – August 6
- Canola Watch article: Diamondback moth larvae hot spots

Friday – August 7
- Canola Watch article: 10 reasons for missing pods

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