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Corn Growers Group
1 years, 1 week ago
from Corn Growers Group
"I’ve already seen or had reports of slugs in several crops. This is a no-till problem and much more likely where there is a lot of residue. For this reason, problems are often the worst in no-till fields following corn. However, several growers have reported past problems where cover crops were used. This problem cannot be cured with insecticides. Preventative management tips are to plant adequate seed into a well prepared seed bed when good emergence conditions are expected, and use row cleaners to kick residue away from emerging seedlings. Slug baits are effective but somewhat expensive. They are not readily available or easy to apply for large acreages. You have to plan ahead if you plan on using these baits. Remember, unexplained holes in the leaves are a good sign of slugs as they feed mostly at night and hide under debris during the day. The biggest problems occur when slugs cut emerging plants."