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Texas Corn and Sorghum: Thrips Keeping Spider Mites in Check – Hale County

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By Blayne Reed, Texas AgriLife, Hale County Extension Agent June 14, 2013

Texas Corn and Sorghum: Thrips Keeping Spider Mites in Check – Hale County

High thrips numbers are still having a predatory impact upon spider mite colonies. A very few mite colonies can be still be found in corn. We did find one small colony of Banks Grass Mites surviving on a sorghum field margin this week. We have not picked up on any major aphid populations in either crop yet. We remain vigilant for whirl feeding from fall armyworms and bollworms alike, but still have not noted any. Fall armyworm moths are still being captured in Hale county traps in fairly high numbers. We began trapping for bollworm moth populations this week. Our Hale county trap caught four moths while Swisher caught three.

 
Ernst Undesser
By Blayne Reed, Texas AgriLife, Hale County Extension Agent June 14, 2013