Electronic Mint Pest Alert Newsletter to Promote Optimal Application of Coragen® to Control Mint Root Borer, Cutworms, Armyworms and Loopers, 2015

Series/Report Number: COARC2015

Abstract: An electronic newsletter was developed for the peppermint production regions in Oregon to assist growers and fieldmen consider control of mint root borers, cutworms, armyworms and loopers during the growing season prior to crop damage. The newsletter was designed as a two-year project to help with timing of this new insecticide application strategy, and to be used in conjunction with existing field monitoring programs. Extension Agents from the Willamette Valley and Union County were valuable cooperators and provided scouting services to confirm insect development model accuracy. A formal survey of those receiving the newsletter indicates that the newsletter was well received, provided information valuable to growers and crop consultants/scouts, and respondents would overwhelmingly like to see the newsletter continue.