Crop Report May 4 Cold Weather Alert!

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Temperatures on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, 2020, will be down in the 34-37°F range. There is a risk for cold weather damage and frost on tobacco, corn, wheat, and vegetables. The replant for tobacco is short because of not as many extra plants. Check tobacco greenhouses to make sure you have plenty of heat and make sure the plastic is secure from holes and gaps. Corn can take some cold stress, but yield will be reduced. Wheat can be damaged by frost.

There are many factors surrounding the cold weather air temp – if the wind is blowing,  stage of plant development, etc. In the insect traps, armyworm flights are on the increase, stinkbugs continue to rise – be aware in corn because stinkbugs like small seedlings. Armyworm moth flights are up so worm counts need to be scouted for. Black cutworm counts keep getting higher or are the same counts, which is why scouting in tobacco is needed. Tobacco budworm counts are about the same; moths are flying. European corn borer counts are none to very little in traps.