Grain quality and sanity are both two critically components that are vital for better marketability and profitability for farmers. In the United States as in many other countries insect pests continue to cause severe damages to stored products. Researchers in many universities are doing extraordinary work in detecting, fighting and controlling those stored products pests. In many universities across the county, extension specialists alongside with with Government agencies are working hand in hand with local farmers and grain producers to develop and implement control strategies. In today’s blog post, we are going to talk about the most devastating stored grain pest in the United States.
In the United States, there are five major stored grain pests including, the granary weevil, the rice weevil, the maize weevil, the lesser grain borer, and the Angoumois grain moth. This list may vary depending on the data analyzed and/or updated. The firsts four of these stored grain pests are from the Order of Coleoptera and are hence called beetle. The fifth one belong to the lepidopteran order.
Despite tremendous progress in entomological research and development, these pests continue to pose serious challenges for grain conservation. The sad thing is that most of these devastating grain pets are not native to the North American sub-continent. They were brought here through trade and other movement of people and merchandises.
- The Rice weevil
- The granary weevil
- The maize weevil
- The lesser grain borer
- The Angoumois grain moth