By Tracey Baute, OMAFRA Field Crops Entomologist
Calling all WBC Trap Participants! The WBC Trap Network website is now up and running and ready for you to add your trap sites and join our trapping network.
Anyone wishing to join must login and create a new user account at www.cornpest.ca. Click on the “Login” menu from the top left of the page (on a computer) or from the top right of the page (using a mobile device). This will take you to the site’s login page. Scroll to the bottom of the login page and there you will find a link to “Create a new Account” page. Note that all usernames, by default, will begin with “CP-” followed by your email address (eg. CPfirstname.lastname@example.org). More detailed instructions on how to login and create an account has been provided here.
For each corn field, you will need one trap. For each dry bean field, you will need two traps. We prefer bucket traps (aka uni-traps) instead of the milk jug traps which are more labour intensive and must have antifreeze in them at all times. Detailed trapping instructions and trap supply lists and sources are also provided on the website at: www.cornpest.ca
Enter your trap data no later than Wednesday of each week, entering the previous weeks counts and in return, we will have interactive maps published for all data coming in from Ontario, Quebec and new this year Michigan! Traps need to go up sometime in June and stay up until the end of August.
And finally, we have revised the WBC infosheets for both corn and dry beans. Here are the links to those resources: