Army Worms invade western New York wheat crop

There are 20 comments on the WIVB Buffalo story from Jun 12, 2008, titled Army Worms invade western New York wheat crop. In it, WIVB Buffalo reports that:

Area farmers need to walk their fields to determine if they have a population of armyworms eating the crop.

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just do it

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Jun 12, 2008
Bread prices just jumped another 50%.
Blizzard

Wilmington, DE

#2 Jun 12, 2008
eeeeewwwweeee
Dave

Buffalo, NY

#3 Jun 12, 2008
The corn crop is diverted to make ethanol.....the price of corn goes up. The corn crop is under water....the price of corn goes up again. The wheat crop is getting eaten by Army worms......the price goes up. Somebody sneezed in a middle east oil field...the price goes of crude goes up $12 a barrel on fear of a possible epidemic among the oil field workers.
I fully expect that within 24 hours a plague of frogs with be dropped upon us. Wait! That might actually be a good thing! The price of frog legs will go down!
Hold it! I've just been informed that the those frogs will be an endangered sub species.If you injure, kill or even scare one there's a stiff fine to be had!
Levar Burton

Buffalo, NY

#4 Jun 12, 2008
I wondered what that butterfly in the sky was...
funnyguy

Camden, ME

#5 Jun 12, 2008
my wheaties are infected waaaaa maybe the little bugger tastes good lol
army ants

Hamburg, NY

#6 Jun 12, 2008
The ants come marching in hurrah, hurrah
420 sheriff

United States

#7 Jun 13, 2008
Whats next?
Chuck

Rochester, NY

#8 Jun 13, 2008
Dave wrote:
The corn crop is diverted to make ethanol.....the price of corn goes up. The corn crop is under water....the price of corn goes up again. The wheat crop is getting eaten by Army worms......the price goes up. Somebody sneezed in a middle east oil field...the price goes of crude goes up $12 a barrel on fear of a possible epidemic among the oil field workers.
I fully expect that within 24 hours a plague of frogs with be dropped upon us. Wait! That might actually be a good thing! The price of frog legs will go down!
Hold it! I've just been informed that the those frogs will be an endangered sub species.If you injure, kill or even scare one there's a stiff fine to be had!
If that ain't the truth...
S Tier Farmer

Tonawanda, NY

#9 Jun 14, 2008
What's up WIVB??? Where did you get this article?? Who gave you the information in it?? Of course there are Army worms i the wheat. There are also Cucumber beetles on the vine crops, Flea beetles on the Brassicas, mites, leafminers, and beetles on the Apples, Corn Ear worm, European Corn Borer, and Fall Army worm on the sweet corn. This happens EVERY year. This article stinks like dead fish. If "No one investigates like channel 4." then channel 4 needs to find out the real reason behind this article. Someone trying to drive up the price of wheat?? Investigate and report.

“Keepin' It Real since 1975!”

Since: May 08

Buffalo, NY

#10 Jun 14, 2008
HAHAHA....just something to lighten the mood....I live in farm country, the other day my daughter brought one of these ugly things in the house and said "Look Mom, a fat worm!" I quickly corrected her & said, "Nope honey, that's a caterpillar!" Guess I will have to show her this article now & correct myself! HA!

OK well I thought it was a cute story anyway! Better than some stinky article about bugs we have EVERY YEAR!
Davey

Buffalo, NY

#11 Jun 14, 2008
Fred Grasso the animal control officer from Lackawanna NY, should be thrown in jail for animal cruelty. He had a duty to protect defenseless animals and he decided to kill them by shooting them in the head. If that was an everyday citizen they would have the book thrown at them. So I ask why should it be any different for Fred Grasso LOCK HIM UP & THROW AWAY THE KEY

“Keepin' It Real since 1975!”

Since: May 08

Buffalo, NY

#12 Jun 14, 2008
Davey wrote:
Fred Grasso the animal control officer from Lackawanna NY, should be thrown in jail for animal cruelty. He had a duty to protect defenseless animals and he decided to kill them by shooting them in the head. If that was an everyday citizen they would have the book thrown at them. So I ask why should it be any different for Fred Grasso LOCK HIM UP & THROW AWAY THE KEY
Im sorry, this has what to do with worms?
S Tier Farmer

Buffalo, NY

#13 Jun 15, 2008
I say shoot all Army Worms in the head. But you better get a tiny little gun. I prefer to squish them between my fingers until they pop.
420 sheriff

United States

#14 Jun 17, 2008
protein
Lynette from Indian Falls

Rochester, NY

#15 Jun 19, 2008
First of all farmer from the S Tier, you are so correct, actually you could list a whole host of bugs in the wheat and soil, the problem is that when the bad bugs out weigh the good bugs and the bad bugs infest a wheat field it can be devastating. This is what I see, we have over sprayed for years to kill the bad bugs(we kill good bugs as well) bad bugs seem to come back with vengance! We need to start working with mother nature. Wheat will be high for a host of reasons! High Fuel, higher labor costs, higher utility costs. Wheat could get as high as $10.00 a bushel. My question is, when all this food is so high, who will buy it?
Jennifer Evans

Buffalo, NY

#16 Jun 19, 2008
First it's hailstones, thunderstorms and now it's army-worms. What more can happen to this area? Just be thankful we're not in Iowa. Comepared to what they're going through, this seems like a day at the beach.
S Tier Farmer

United States

#17 Jun 20, 2008
I still haven't seen any investigation as to who came up with this story. I guess channel 4 doesn't do the best at investigating. I still think it was someone trying to get people nervous about wheat prices in WNY. My own opinion as to why there appears to be so many Army worms is because mother nature provided a proper growing season for them. Probably because of the warm spell in April. Bugs and plants don't grow based on hours or days. They don't have little watches or calendars. They grow based on the temperature. The warmer it is the faster they will cycle through their growing pattern. Chances are the worms are dead from the cold or are now moths laying more eggs. The cycle will continue despite what we do or spray, some years there will be more of something than others.
WNY FarmerUsTaBee

Rochester, NY

#18 Jun 12, 2012
These buggers aren't damaging the wheat next to my lawn, just my lawn grass. Guess they don't like GMO crops. May a thousand army worms be ingested by the Monsanto execs.
WNY FarmerUsTaBee

Rochester, NY

#19 Jun 12, 2012
The worms are only affecting areas around wheat fields.(at least in my neighborhood) Odd, isn't it?
RacistFartCrotch BarnFire

Rochester, NY

#20 Jun 12, 2012
Better Army Worms than Navy Ants or Air Force Grubs

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