Alfalfa weevil concerns following the mild winter – Voice Of Muscatine

Alfalfa weevil concerns following the mild winter

The winter’s mild temperatures have spurred a green-up of pastures, but it could lead to other challenges.

Tony Hancock is with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. “I did hear a few reports of some weevils in the alfalfa late last week before this cold spell,” he says. “Hopefully, that slowed them down a little bit, but I would guess there’s probably a lot of guys that are going to have to spray twice this year before we’re ready to cut that first cutting of alfalfa.”  Over-wintering adult alfalfa weevils begin to lay eggs when temperatures exceed 48 degrees, and it is important to scout alfalfa early and consistently.

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