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  1. California: Advanced Precision Farming Course Offered Online, Nov. 14 – Dec. 16

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    November 14 @ 8:00 am - December 6 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Mississippi: Row Crop Short Course, Starkville, Dec. 5-7

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  5. Kentucky: 2016 Early Bird Meetings, Dec. 6-8

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  6. Texas Plant Protection Association Conference, Bryan, Dec. 6-7

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 7 @ 5:00 pm
  7. ‘Ties to the Land’ Program, Texarkana, Dec. 6

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8. Kansas: Ag Law & Lease Workshop, Salina, Dec. 6

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  9. Texas: Private Pesticide Applicator License Training, Dec. 6, 15

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 15 @ 5:00 pm
  10. Kansas: K-State Program to Help Farmers Deal with Historic Ag Downturn

    December 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  11. Texas: Field Crops and Beef Workshop, Edna, Dec. 8

    December 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  12. Texas: High Plains Ag Conference, Lubbock, Dec. 9

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  13. Alabama: Corn and Wheat Short Course, Auburn, Dec. 12-13

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  14. Texas: 55th Blackland Income Growth Conference, Waco, Dec. 13

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  15. Indiana: Crop Adviser Conference, Indianapolis, Dec. 13-14

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  17. Missouri: Crop Management Conference, Columbia, Dec. 15-16

    December 15 @ 8:00 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
  18. South Carolina: Ag Marketing Seminar, Myrtle Beach, Jan. 4-6

    January 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  19. South Carolina: 4 Upcoming Forest Management Workshops for Woodland Owners

    January 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  20. Illinois: 4 Regional Crop Management Conferences in Jan., Feb.

    January 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  21. Texas: Red River Crops Conference, Childress Jan. 24-25

    January 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  22. Indiana: Ag Business Management Workshop, West Lafayette, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

    January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Texas Grains: Armyworms Pull Together Big Flight In South Plains

Owen Taylor
By Patrick Porter, Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension June 20, 2014

Weekly fall armyworm pheromone trap captures continue to be at levels far, far above normal. The good news is that the numbers have been lower the last couple of days and the flight seems to be losing steam.

Lubbock County has the the highest captures, but Hale County (Gary Cross) and Bailey County (Haden Hadley) are reporting higher-than-normal numbers, as well.

Muleshoe reported over 700 moths per trap this week.

These moths will prefer to lay eggs on corn if they can find it. Their second choice is sorghum or pasture. Non-Bt corn should be scouted but I do not expect any of the fields to reach the treatment threshold of 30 percent of leaf tissue removed. All of the types of Bt corn currently sold will do a good job of killing fall armyworm larvae.

My biggest concern is the higher overall numbers of fall armyworms in the system. This could mean more yield loss in corn and sorghum down the road, but we will have to watch and wait.

Spider Mites Found

Blayne Reed, IPM Agent in Hale and Swisher Counties, and Dr. Ed Bynum, Extension Entomologist in Amarillo, are reporting finding the first colonies of spider mites on corn. Greg Cronholm, retired IPM Agent in Hale County, is also finding a few spider mites.

Uncommon Minor Pest of Corn

I encountered an unusual pest feeding in corn this week, Mozena obtusa, one of the leaf-footed bugs. No risk of economic loss from this insect, but I thought I would pass the sighting along, especially as it is very, very common on corn in Lubbock County. This insect is a plant feeder, but the literature says that it only feeds on mesquite. Well, the literature is a little short of being completely right on this one. The images below show the bug and the damage it does to corn. Again, this is not a threat to yield and I am only presenting it as a curiosity.

Source: Focus On South Plains Agriculture

Owen Taylor
By Patrick Porter, Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension June 20, 2014