By Robin Booker, The Western Producer, June 2, 2016
A mild winter helped the pest survive the winter, and an early and warm spring gave it an extra boost
Southern Alberta is suffering through the worst pea leaf weevil outbreak in its history.
“It’s the number one insect concern for growers of peas and fababeans. This year we seem to have the worst outbreak that I have seen in the last 10 or 15 years, since they have become an issue,” said Héctor Cárcamo, an insect pest researcher with Agriculture Canada.
The trouble zone in Saskatchewan starts midway between Moose Jaw and Swift Current and extends west to the Alberta border and as far north as Kindersley and Outlook.