Dr. Seth Dorman, research entomologist at USDA-ARS Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit in Corvallis, OR is leading a collaborative effort to establish a noctuid pest monitoring network in tall fescue and perennial ryegrass crops for seed production in Willamette valley. This study will help identify local and regional drivers of pest outbreaks in grass seed systems and serve as a decision-support system. We would like to expand this network based on the industry’s needs and intend to start a weekly pest alert newsletter in the near future.

Heat maps on insect trap capture for two lepidopteran insect species during June 18- July 9, 2021, are presented below:

A slide deck for Important lepidopteran insect pest species of grass seed crops in Oregon (Author Dr. Amy Dreves, University of Virgin Island)