Yuma County, Arizona
July 14, 2003
Yuma County Office
Insect Management: Alfalfa looper (picture), Autographa californica (Speyer), is a minor pest of desert alfalfa. They are often present with alfalfa caterpillars or beet armyworms in sweep samples. Larvae move with a characteristic looping motion by bringing their hind prolegs forward to meet the true legs. Eggs are laid singly, larvae hatch within a few days, and feed for about two weeks devouring alfalfa leaves. The looper larvae spin a loose white cocoon among the leaves to pupate. In about ten days to two weeks moths emerge. The entire cycle is completed in about a month. Alfalfa loopers are rarely of economic importance in Arizona or California due to natural control. This insect is usually held in check by parasitic wasps, parasitic flies, and bacterial, fungal and viral diseases.
Weed Control: Alfalfa declines and nutsedge takes off at this
time of year. The options for nutsedge control are fairly limited and
include regular applications of EPTAM and ZORIAL. Both require more than
one application to effectively suppress this weed.
10 Year Summary (June 30 - July 13, 1994-2003):
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