Cereal Leaf Beetle Out Early This Year

— Written By Gary Cross
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Cereal Leaf Beetle colonizes in wheat, oats, and other small grains. Beetles infest wheat and other grains in early spring and often build-up very high populations. The larvae pupate resulting in adults emerging in May.

Here in North Carolina, we have seen them earlier than this, especially in warm spring years out in April. Small corn planted next to highly-infested areas could have issues with the beetles also, but usually outgrow the damage. Scout wheat fields to determine if treatment is necessary – wheat can outgrow the damage with warm weather if the wheat was not planted late. Again, scout your fields to see what the population is and call your Extension office to come out and take a look!