Insect Alert For

Black Cutworm

Risk Level:
Moderate Risk
Affected Area:
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Alert Details

Moderate black cutworm migration risks are in the forecast tonight into tomorrow across portions of Iowa, southern Minnesota, southern Wisconsin, and northern Illinois with Low risks east into southern lower Michigan, Indiana, and far western Ohio. South to southwest winds are expected to feed into this region and with precipitation in at least a scattered fashion likely, there could be scattered moth flights into and near the Moderate risk area. As the parent low pressure system and cold front push east tomorrow into Sunday, the Moderate risk area shifts east into eastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin, central/northern Illinois, northern Indiana, northwest Ohio, and southern lower Michigan with flights possible as far east as southern Ontario, Canada and into eastern Ohio. This system is expected to depart the eastern corn-growing region by early next week, but already by then another low pressure system is predicted to develop in the Plains. As a result of this new system, Low migration risks have been introduced to the forecast for early-mid next week across virtually all areas west of the Great Lakes. Possible risk upgrades may occur next week once forecast confidence increases. Growers with newly-emerged crops are strongly encouraged to scout these fields for signs of black cutworms as numerous flights occurred in April that may now be affecting these fields.