Yuma County, Arizona
January 26, 2004
Yuma County Office
Insect Management: Cowpea aphid (picture) is a serious pest of alfalfa that can warrant treatment with an insecticide when populations are growing rapidly. Cowpea aphid is attacked by several predators (bigeyed bugs, damsel bugs, lacewings, lady beetles, and syrphid fly larvae) and parasites. Aphid parasites, Lysiphlebus sp.(picture) and Diaraetiella sp. (picture) have been reared from cowpea aphid mummies collected from both the high and low desert. Populations of sevenspotted lady beetle, Coccinella septempunctata (picture) and aphid parasites often build to levels capable of controlling cowpea aphid in alfalfa fields not sprayed with insecticides.
Weed Control: Trifluralin (Treflan) binds strongly to the soil and will last for 3-6 months on well drained soil. February is not too early to apply it for control of summer weeds. Eptam, on the other hand, moves readily with water and does not last long followed by multiple irrigations. February may be too early to apply it for summer weed control.
10 Year Summary (Jan 13 - Jan 26, 1995-2004):
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