Looper numbers picking up in North Carolina soybeans

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By Dominic Reisig, NC State University Extension Entomologist

Looper numbers have really picked up in soybeans.  Loopers are migratory pests that sometimes show up late season and eat leaves, but not pods or seeds.

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Alabama cotton experiencing insect problems

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By Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension Entomologist

The most significant insect event in the past week was the report of plant bug tolerance to all labeled or recommended insecticides in the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama. Several of our most experienced consultants are reporting that all classes of chemistry are suppressing plant bugs but their presence and damage behind applications are still above threshold levels.

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Insects wreak havoc in Georgia and Florida

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The Dog Days of Summer often bring the Pest Days of Plenty to Southern farms, and this year is no different. As insect pressure intensifies across the region, take a look at what they’re dealing with in Florida’s Panhandle: a standing occupation of armyworms, and Georgia peanut farms infested with spider mites. And what is a Redneck Worm?

“So far it looks like pyrethroids are giving good control of fall and beet armyworms, as long as they are less than an inch long. Some of the larger seem to be able to escape control, however. Insect growth regulators such as Dimilin have also been showing good results as long as they are applied while the caterpillars are small,” says Josh Thompson, area University of Florida Extension agent located in Jackson County.

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Corn earworm, tobacco budworm management critical for North Carolina farmers

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By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

Because (North Carolina farmers) won’t be dealing with many kudzu bugs this season, we need to focus our efforts on the other pests that are around.  These include the corn earworm/tobacco budworm, stink bugs and defoliators (loopers, armyworms, etc.).

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