Scout Now for Fall Armyworms in Southern & Western Kentucky
Fall armyworm outbreaks have occurred in hayfields, pastures, and home lawns across southern and western Kentucky. This followed a large moth flight detected in the trap catch at the UKREC in Princeton in late July. A second larger flight was detected on August 28. Trap catches so far in Lexington have been very low. This insect feeds primarily on grasses - bermudagrass, wheat, and ryegrass but will attack many other crops. Fall armyworms spend about 3 weeks as caterpillars but 80% of their feeding occurs in the last few days of their development. While devestating damage appears overnight, the worms have been present for some time before reaching their prime eating stage.
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