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True Armyworm 4. Pest Alert September 7, 2017

True Armyworm second generation larvae have been observed severely damaging grass hay and forage corn in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver lsland. General locations confirmed with heavy larvae feeding and damage to grass hay on Vancouver Island include Saanich, Duncan, Chemainus, Port Alberni, Comox, Courtenay, Black Creek. Fraser Valley locations seeing damage on grass fields and forage corn: Delta, Abbotsford, Sumas, Chilliwack, Deroche. Scout your fields for larvae activity. If you can easily find larvae, the damage threshold has been reached, and management options should be considered. Significant foliage loss can occur in a few days, either in spots, edges, or throughout a whole field. Moist, lusher areas are preferred, i.e. low areas, shady, and greener areas. Larvae will move to new feeding sites en masse once an area is consumed. They can be seen on roads and in yards, searching for new feeding areas. Significant damage can happen quickly, within a few days. 


True Armyworm 3. Confirmed in Abbotsford Grass Hay Fields August 2017

True Armyworms have been confirmed in Abbotsford grass hay fields. Growers should check hay fields for armyworms (caterpillars) not only on Vancouver Island, but also in the Fraser Valley.

For more information: Tracy Hueppelsheuser Entomologist, Plant and Animal Health Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Phone: 604-556-3031
Email: Tracy.Hueppelsheuser@gov.bc.ca

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

You were sure to notice the drop in heat during Monday's eclipse.  A new solar radiation sensor installed by Environment and Climate Change Canada at the AAFC Agassiz Research and Development Centre picks up the drop in heat.  The graph below shows the solar radiation by the minute for August 21, 2017 in Agassiz, B.C.

 solar radiation

Support available for ranchers impacted by British Columbia wildfires

The B.C. government is continuing to work with the Government of Canada to ensure B.C. ranchers have access to either existing or new programs as part of the overall response to the devastating wildfires in the province’s Interior. The potential impact is severe as B.C. ranchers have an estimated 30,000 animals within the boundaries of the wildfire-affected areas. The number of confirmed livestock injuries and losses is not available yet as the ongoing emergency response continues. Once the information is available, the B.C.