Yuma County, Arizona
December 2, 2002
Yuma County Office
Insect Management: Blue alfalfa aphid (picture) is a serious pest during the winter and spring months in the low desert. Blue alfalfa aphid is distinguished from pea aphid (picture) by uniformly dark antennae. Pea aphids (picture) have lighter antennae with dark bands at each joint. The blue alfalfa aphid first appears in December or January when it may be more abundant than pea aphid. Both species are common throughout the spring, but pea aphid is more heat tolerant and may persist into early summer. In susceptible alfalfa varieties, blue alfalfa aphid may stunt growth and infested plants have smaller leaves, shorter internodes, leaf curling, yellowing, and leaf drop. Several species of predacious bugs and parasitic wasps attack these aphids. Sample alfalfa fields weekly when aphids appear, then every 2 to 3 days as numbers approach the treatment threshold of 40 to 50 blue alfalfa aphids per stem.
Weed Control: Some summer annual weeds survive every winter. The most common of these are the grasses, especially sprangletop and sandbur. Preemergent herbicides will not control these survivors when applied in the spring.
10 Year Summary (Nov. 19 - Dec. 2, 1993-2002):
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