Insect Alert For

Corn Earworm

Risk Level:
No Risk
Affected Area:
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Alert Details

A strong area of low pressure and attendant cold front is predicted to push from west to east across the corn-growing region this weekend into early next week. South to southwest winds will increase to the east of this front and may pose an isolated corn earworm migration risk especially across the southern half of the corn-growing region, or from roughly I-80 to the south. Initially, Low risks are in place starting Saturday night into Sunday morning primarily in Kansas, southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa, and western Missouri as the cold front begins to nudge east into the Plains. The risk area then advances east with the front by Sunday night, and includes portions of eastern Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. By Monday night into Tuesday morning, fields mainly east of the Mississippi River and south of I-80 and I-94 may be impacted by isolated moth flights. While many fields have just been recently planted and/or corn is just emerging, risks are in place due to the expected strength of this weather system and possibility of isolated moth flights. Any hosts present in the Low risk area may see new moths by early next week that could serve as a breeding ground for future generations later this summer.