Integrated Pest Management 101: Corn-damaging caterpillars

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2006-11-30
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Rice, Marlin
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Proceedings of the Integrated Crop Management Conference
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference is Iowa's premier crop production education event. No other program in Iowa brings together the diverse range of topics, slate of expert presenters and results of the latest University research.

The ICM Conference offers workshops focusing on the latest in crop production technology. Experts from Iowa and surrounding states will provide research updates and results in soil fertility, soil and water management, crop production and pest management.

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One of the foundational elements of an integrated pest management program is correct identification of potential pest species. This presentation will provide participants an opportunity to test their identification skills in the arena of insect identification. The six most common caterpillar species (Order Lepidoptera) that attack mid- to late-vegetative stage or reproductive stage corn plants will be presented in a multiple-choice format. Circle the correct letter for each caterpillar photograph shown in the PowerPoint presentation. The key identifying characteristics for larvae in the mid to late instars are listed below for each of the correct species.

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