Don’t spray wheat crop just yet, says Arkansas entomologist

From Delta Farm Press

Yes, those are stink bugs in your wheat field. No, you probably shouldn’t start spraying just yet.

That’s the assessment of Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas.

After weeks of significant rain and mud, “I guess it got dry enough to walk some fields today,” Lorenz said. “My phone was ringing off the wall with calls, mostly about stink bugs in wheat.”

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Crop rotation best management option for rare soybean pest

From Southeast Farm Press

Winning soybean yield contests is a common occurrence in recent years for Eastover, S.C., grower Jason Carter.

But winning last year’s contest with a rare and new-to-South Carolina insect handicap was an adventure he doesn’t want to try again.

Carter says he found the rare Dectes stem borer in his soybeans and finding out what was killing his beans proved to be about as frustrating as dealing with the problem.

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