Insects that are more Friend than Foe

lacewing close-up on green leaf

The word “insect” equals “pest” in a lot of people’s minds, especially in agriculture. But we have to remember that the insects that attack crops actually represent a small number of all insect species. In fact, a few are here to help us against their annoying cousins. So this week, I want to highlight some insects that are more friend than foe.

The Dangers of Pests in Weeds

Weeds are a nuisance. That’s a given. Obviously, they compete with our crops for sunlight and nutrients. In some cases, they can get nasty, engaging in a form of silent, chemical warfare by spreading toxins meant to inhibit growth and production. And their ability to lie dormant in the seedbed for years before bursting forth makes controlling them a pain. As a result, regular control, year-after-year,

Four things to watch for in wet cornfields

insect insider chewed up corn

With late planting and related issues already likely lowering yields, it’s important to stay on top of later-season issues that could reduce yield further. Here are a few things to watch for in your corn fields.   1. Insects  While the consistent rain and cool weather has been a pain for farms, it’s been a

Meet our Summer Intern Levi

Entomology, Insect, Planting

It is no secret that planting has been off to a slow start. April slipped into May and now we are nearing June with planting progress far behind last year, and much below the 5-year average. I can relate to farmer’s frustrations as my intern, Levi Collins, and I struggled through rain and mud to