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Look out for Armyworms

By Gary Clayton | Published Thursday, August 19, 2010

Does anyone remember the cooler temperatures and timely rains we experienced in July? We should’ve known we would pay for it later. We are paying and not just in the extreme heat. It seems that those July conditions provided a favorable environment for an August armyworm outbreak.

Ag producers should be checking recently cut hay fields and other bermudagrass pastures on a regular basis. Several hay growers between Decatur and Boyd have already sprayed their fields and I have also received some calls from the Alvord area, so be on the lookout. Early planted small grain pastures could be at risk if good egg laying conditions return later this month. A number of products are labeled for armyworm control, check with your local chemical dealer to see what they carry. Cost per acre for control should be under $15.

Do you have unwanted pesticides? Take them to one of the upcoming free collection events for proper disposal. The first available date in our area is Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Bowie Rodeo Grounds. Contact the Montague County Extension office at (940) 894-2831 for details. The second opportunity will be Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. The Parker County Agent can be reached at (817) 598-6168. These collection events are open to Texas residents at no charge. For a complete listing of items accepted come by the Wise County Extension office or go online to: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/AgWaste/agwaste.html

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