Insect Alert For

Black Cutworm

Risk Level:
Low Risk
Affected Area:
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Alert Details

An active weather pattern this weekend and into next week should lead to at least isolated to scattered black cutworm moth flights especially across the central and southern corn-growing region. Low risks are in place tonight especially across Kansas and Nebraska where southerly winds are predicted to be common. The risk shifts east slightly into southwest Iowa and western Missouri tomorrow night into Sunday morning as a warm front sets up from the Plains into northern Missouri. As low pressure develops in the Plains and begins to move east northeast early next week, south to southwest winds should increase and also expand to the north and east. A Moderate migration risk is predicted from eastern Missouri into central/southern Illinois, Indiana, western Ohio, and northwest Kentucky on Monday night into Tuesday. With corn planting progress lagging especially in the eastern corn-growing region, additional moth flights into this area may pose a greater risk in comparison to areas in risks further west. Growers should be vigilant and monitor both traps and emerged corn and monitor for signs of black cutworms, especially along/east of the Mississippi River.