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Any of various noctuid moth caterpillars that damage crops, often by cutting through plant stems at the soil surface.


(Animals) the caterpillar of various noctuid moths, esp those of the genus Argrotis, which is a pest of young crop plants in North America



the caterpillar of any of several noctuid moths that feeds at night on the stems of young plants, cutting them off at the ground.
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Noun1.cutworm - North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the groundcutworm - North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the ground
family Noctuidae, Noctuidae - cutworms; armyworms
army cutworm, Chorizagrotis auxiliaris - larvae (of a noctuid moth) that travel in large groups and destroy grains and alfalfa in the midwestern states
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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In another study, Agsaoay reported that of the five identified insect pests attacking jatropha, three were confirmed as major pests such as, mealy bugs, aphids and cutworms [14].
Most of what springs up unbidden is nothing more than a nuisance and nothing less than a direct threat to that which we have planted and protected from wind, downpour, cutworms and rabbits.
However, no effect of plant growth regulator use on the suitability of creeping bentgrass against black cutworms, Agrotis ipsilon Hufnagel (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), and sod webworms (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) was evident (Rogers et al.
However, cutworms have become resistant, and now farmers who plant Bt corn must now turn to powerful and expensive pesticides to control cutworms in their corn fields--a practice that was supposed be obsolete because of biotechnology.
2012) developed a scanning laser-based trunk detection system using a 2D laser scanner to recognize grapevine trunks and posts and trigger a multi-nozzle trailer sprayer to spray a barrier of chemical on the trunks aiming to stop cutworms.
Starting spinach indoors also helps control issues with slugs, cutworms and wireworms, which can be problematic with direct sown spinach in spring.
Different methods are demanded to efficiently sample caterpillars that act as leaf eater, leaf-rollers, borers, pod eater and cutworms.
Armyworms (Mythimna separata) or cutworms, which are actually caterpillar larvae of northern or oriental armyworm moths of the Noctuidae family, travel in multitudes, destroying any kind of vegetation, including grasses and grains, on their path.
Use PreGro to eliminate the threat of common pests and diseases, ranging from black spot to blight to cutworms and caterpillars.
Cutworms are well protected in weeds and can come out to attack the vines at night.
The seed in question is Agrisure Viptera, also known as MIR 162, which has been genetically modified to resist corn pests like earworms and cutworms.
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