Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Pasture Caterpillar Problems

Posted by romeethredge on August 14, 2015

First you see a lot of birds feasting on something and having a good time. Then you notice your hay or grazing dissappearing.IMG_8197

In this case it was a lot of Fall Armyworms eating this bermudagrass pasture. A chemical treatment was made so that the cattle can eat the grass instead of the caterpillars getting it.

The birds were enjoying them and were doing good biological control but not quite good enough to save the grass. The cattleman said they saw one cattle egret eat 4 caterpillars without moving, so that’s a pretty hefty population.

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