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Wolf spiders, robber flies, coyotes and burrowing owls are happy to dine on grasshoppers.

Predators line up for grasshoppers

Grasshoppers might be voracious — but so are the many things that consume them

Farmers fear grasshoppers because, according to legend, they eat everything. There’s a flip side to this and farmers can use it to their advantage. In the grand scheme of Prairie ecology everything eats grasshoppers. “They do have a positive side,” Dan Johnson of the University of Lethbridge told the Manitoba Agronomists Conference earlier this winter.

Prairie pest report says grasshopper risk low

Prairie pest report says grasshopper risk low

This despite general upward trend in the populations across Manitoba and Saskatchewan

This year’s grasshopper threat remains light to very light across Manitoba, according to survey data released by the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network on April 27. The data is based on surveys done in 2019. These included nearly 3,200 grasshopper counts across the Prairie provinces between May 1 and August 31. Maps in the report show



VIDEO: Know your grasshopper stages before deciding to spray

VIDEO: Know your grasshopper stages before deciding to spray

If you hit your fields early, you could end up spraying twice

You’ve got grasshoppers in your fields, but before you fill up your sprayer to help limit the damage – and their appetites – do you know what growth stage you’re looking at? In this video, John Gavloski, entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture, offers his experience on staging grasshoppers and why their third to fourth juvenile stage



Larvae on sclerotinia infected plant tissue.

Crop insect concerns low, some soybean crops report brown spot

Manitoba Insect and Disease summary for August 17

Summary Insects: Insect pest concerns are currently low. Most canola crops are now past the stage where Lygus bugs would be of concern. Only trace levels of soybean aphids have been found so far. Grasshopper counts have so far generally been low. Plant pathogens: Various diseases continue to be reported in field crops.. Disease Update Corn:

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: No. 12

Conditions as of July 18, 2016

Generally good growing conditions continue to advance crops across Manitoba. Localized thunderstorms did result in significant precipitation amounts and crop lodging in some areas of the province. Majority of acres and crop types are in the flowering and grain fill stages of development. Disease pressure and insect activity continues to be monitored as the growing




(CanolaCouncil.org)

EU food safety experts warn on crop insecticide

Brussels | Reuters –– Dimethoate, an insecticide widely used to protect crops such as cherries, could be harmful to humans, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which advises EU policymakers, said Tuesday. The report follows a request from France, which is calling for a Europe-wide ban of the substance made by companies including BASF and