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Flea beetles were aggressive feeders in 2019, leading to multiple spray passes for some farmers.

Year in review: Keep an eye out for these critters in 2020

Entomologist John Gavloski says these should be on your radar

Based on what went on in Manitoba fields this past season, producers may want to be on the lookout for several insects in 2020 that could potentially make a reappearance. At the top of the list are flea beetles, cutworms and grasshoppers, according to Manitoba’s provincial entomologist, John Gavloski. Speaking at the recent Manitoba Agronomists

Crop yields on Robert Brunel’s fields, near Ste. Rose du Lac, have been well below average so far.

Dry conditions impacting crop yields for some Manitoba farmers

Moisture levels across the province are variable, as are crop yields, which aren’t quite disastrous

Near Robert Brunel’s farm, the Turtle River has run dry for only the third time in recollection for the oldest residents of Ste. Rose du Lac. “We’re extremely dry,” said Brunel, who farms 6,500 acres of cropland. “We haven’t seen any significant rain all summer.” Brunel said his hay is yielding about half a bale


Provincial entomologist John Gavloski outlines the province's pest grasshoppers during Crop Diagnostic School in Carman July 9.

Young grasshoppers’ patience rewarded

Producers are in their sprayer cabs again, this time after grasshoppers

Manitoba’s weather has been good for grasshoppers in the last three years, and now some fields are paying the price. “Right now, there’s pockets in the province that do have some very high levels of grasshoppers,” provincial entomologist John Gavloski said. “There’s quite a bit of edge spraying going on where people are trying to

VIDEO: How to treat grasshoppers that have made the jump to your fields

What to look for when deciding to spray for the voracious pest

If you’re seeing plenty of grasshoppers in your fields, you’re likely far from alone. John Gavloski, entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture, said at the Crop Diagnostic School on July 9 that populations have been on the increase for about three years. So, what action should you take if you see these hungry pests eating your crop?

Grasshoppers are on the move. When scouting fields for the insect, Manitoba Agriculture entomologist John Gavloski says be aware sometimes grasshoppers will be mainly on field edges as they move in from ditches.

Grasshoppers are on the move

When scouting, check farther into the field because sometimes the insect is concentrated in field edges


Grasshoppers are on the move looking for green vegetation to eat. The good news is they aren’t much interested in ripe cereal and canola crops, soybeans aren’t their preferred food and corn has so much leaf area it can withstand high populations, says Manitoba Agriculture entomologist John Gavloski. “It’s not an outbreak,” Gavloski said in


Flea beetles take advantage of late seeding

CNS Canada — A heat wave in late May and a slow start to the planting season have created some ideal conditions for flea beetles. Pest specialists in Saskatchewan and Manitoba say farmers have already begun to spray for the beetle in certain locations. “They’ve been getting good conditions to feed under, they like it

Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus on spring wheat.

Wheat streak mosaic virus found in spring wheat, fusarium maps available

Manitoba Insect & Disease Update for June 7

Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus has been detected in the Wawanesa area (read more below) and Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) Risk Maps area also now available. Flea beetles in canola, and cutworms continue to be the main insects of concern. A hatch of the potential pest species of grasshoppers has started, but so far levels are quite low. Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus There was a




Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 11

Conditions as of July 13, 2015

Hot and humid weather conditions resulted in rapid crop growth across most of Manitoba. Generally, condition of most crop types is rated as good, although variability is noted across the province. Majority of acres and crop types have entered the flowering and grain fill stages of development. Although many areas did receive much needed rainfall,