Prairie growers who’ve dealt with wireworms, rejoice – the long-awaited “Guide to pest wireworms in Canadian Prairie field crop production” is now available.
Up until now, information on Prairie wireworms – which are different from the wireworms faced by growers in B.C. and the Maritimes – has been thin on the ground. According to Haley Catton, research scientist and entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Lethbridge, Alta., the guide discusses Prairie wireworm biology, species, monitoring, management options and research needs.
The guide was compiled by Catton, AAFC research scientists Wim van Herk and Erl Svendsen and CÉROM researcher Julien Saguez. It was funded by the Alberta Wheat Commission and Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF).
Catton discussed the guide’s release in an article published earlier this year, which also covers wireworms as a crop pest, the registration of broflanilide, and changing strategies when it comes to pest management in general.