Insect Alert For

Black Cutworm

Risk Level:
Low Risk
Affected Area:
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Alert Details

A rather potent early spring storm system is predicted to develop in the Plains states and move through the Midwestern corn-growing region through mid-week. As high pressure continues to settle into the southeastern United States, a rather strong pressure gradient is predicted to set up in between the two pressure centers. Initially, southwest winds may bring an isolated black cutworm migration risk to eastern Texas tonight into tomorrow morning. As the low pressure deepens, southwest winds are expected to increase and expand north into the mid-Mississippi River valley. Low risks extend from Texas and Louisiana to as far north as far as southeast Kansas, southern Missouri and Illinois, southwest Indiana, and western Kentucky tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. Earliest planted fields may be at risk of some black cutworm activity from these potential very early season migrants once emergence occurs. Given recent heavy to excessive rains and subsequent limited planting across much of the southern United States in recent weeks, any threat is predicted to stay rather isolated, thus the Low risk. No additional risks are in the forecast in the next week.