Weekly Alberta insect report — a few bertha hot spots

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In his weekly Call of the Land broadcast, Alberta Agriculture insect management specialist Scott Meers says bertha armyworm levels are fairly low across the province with the exception of some hot spots, with the highest numbers in a trap east of Lacombe and another west of Stettler.

Meers says there have been reports of skippers, mostly in timothy fields, but they should not cause significant damage.

There have also been reports of blister beetles on canola. Meers says that while they do eat flowers and their large size causes concern, they are usually transitory and move on within a couple of hours.

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