The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is actively setting up traps across the Sacramento Valley to monitor armyworms.
According to the UCCE, it’s difficult to tell if drought conditions will make planted rice fields more susceptible to damage from the pests. UCCE notes that population trends for the armyworm have been declining over the last two years and that the larvae can feed on many different plants.
They will monitor 12 of the typical 15 locations this year.
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