Author of the article, Tracy Turner, says that a new pest in Ohio “has the potential to cause significant economic losses for growers, according to an entomologist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences”. Crop growers should already be on the lookout for the cereal leaf beetle, alfalfa weevil and black cutworm, but they should also add Asiatic garden beetle grubs to their list. Heavy rain during the planting season this year prevented many from planting crops earlier this year, so crops are smaller than normal and are at an increased risk for insect and pest damage.
Members of the outreach and research arms of the college warn that the Asiatic garden beetles have been found in a much wider area of the state than before and recommend that growers throughout all of Ohio “check corn in sandy soils, particularly paying attention to fields in river bottom areas where sandy soils are often found.”
More information on cereal leaf beetle and a list of labeled insecticides can be found at http://entomology.osu.edu/ag/images/Small_Grains_2013_CLB.pdf.
And the original article from OSU with more information on these pests can be found here: