Torrey said the additional insects require growers to be more proactive in watching for signs of the pests to catch problems as early as possible.
“We’ll be scouting the fields more often and just have to do our due diligence. We follow strict guidelines, and you certainly can’t be caught sleeping,” she said.
Tim Richards, sales manager for Gill Corn Farms Inc., Hurley, N.Y., says the problem of pests isn’t a new one.
“That’s been going on for 75 years, that and the birds, and we just have to combat it as best we can,” Richards said. “We do have the spray, and we use it as little as possible, but we don’t want any insect problems.”