The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 4, 2013

Extension talk: Monitoring the new corn pest

For the Star Beacon

— Hello, Ashtabula County!

The month of July is flying by!  In just a few days, the Ashtabula County fair will be upon us.

OSU Extension has been working diligently with our 4-H clubs and committees to prepare for another great fair. I hope that each of you make plans to attend this year’s fair on August 6-11.

As we prepare for fair, I would like to update you on our Western Bean Cutworm research and remind of you of Vintage Ohio.

For the past four years I have been part of a state-wide research team which has been trapping for a new corn pest, the Western Bean Cutworm.

This corn pest has not been a concern until recently in Ohio so its biology and economic impact are something our farmers are just learning about.

Adults will lay eggs on the upper leaves of the corn plants, and once the eggs hatch, larvae begin feeding on the tassels, silks or ears of the corn.

Depending on the crop’s growth stage, corn yield losses can be significant.

In our monitoring for western bean cutworm adults, I have 6 traps out in various locations across Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties.

Last year we found 558 moths in our traps and discoverd the first Western Bean Cutworm egg mass ever to be recorded in eastern Ohio.

I compare this with finding a needle in a haystack.  Thus far in 2013, even though the adult moths are flying into our corn fields, we have not seen any evidence of any laying eggs.

More information about this new corn pest can be found at: and for more information see our WBC fact sheet

Are you looking for something to do to kick off the month of August?

If so, I would encourage you to experience Vintage Ohio on August 2-3 at Lake Farmpark in Kirtland.

This annual event is one of the nicest wine events that you can attend with more than 20 wineries offering samples of wine.

Colorful tents, rolling hills, picnic tables, and groves of tall oaks provide a tranquil setting for the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, the premier food and wine event of the year.  

Participants will be able to sample wines ranging from world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling to fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries.

Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite “Vintage Experience.”

There is also plenty of scrumptious food, cooking school demonstrations, 3 stages of live music entertainment, artisans, shopping, and spectacular Friday fireworks.

More information about Vintage Ohio can be found at:

Advance sale priced tickets can be purchased on-line, at Northeast Ohio Giant Eagle Stores, or by calling 1-800-227-6972.

I hope each of you can attend to support our local grape and wine industry.

To close, I would like to share a quote from Ann Landers who stated, “Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”

Have a good and safe day!