Author Archives: Ronald Hammond

About Ronald Hammond

Hammond is a professor and Extension entomologist at The Ohio State University, Department of Entomology. He focuses on integrated management of insect pests of soybean, alfalfa, corn, and wheat.

Western Bean Cutworm Counts On The Rise

Our Western bean cutworm (WBC) catches sharply increased last week, with many of the adults being caught in northwest Ohio. Although it difficult to use trap counts to predict damage, a general rule of thumb recommends scouting for egg masses when multiple moths are caught over consecutive nights. A few traps are averaging more than

6 Spring Insect Pest Problems To Watch

There are several major insect pests growers and retailers should keep a close eye on this spring, according to Ohio State University Extension entomologists Ron Hammond and Andy Michel. They are: Black cutworm. We have had heavier weed growth because of earlier warm weather, especially chickweed growth. With this extra growth comes the potential for