Over the last several weeks of summer 2010, we have had numerous reports from northern Texas and southern Oklahoma of armyworm outbreaks. Armyworms have caused significant damage or stand loss in early planted small grains, alfalfa, bermudagrass and even tall fescue.
With high protein prices, many people are thinking about growing alfalfa, some for the first time ever. While alfalfa can be very profitable, there are some common mistakes that can take you from profitability to loss quickly.
The key to keeping armyworms below the economic threshold is scouting for activity at least every other day, when they are small and easier to control, as well as identifying if you have fall armyworms or beet armyworms.