Soybean growers should watch for late season defoliators

In Delta Farm Press

by Sebe Brown and David Kerns, LSU AgCenter Entomologists

As Louisiana soybeans progress into late summer, producers and consultants should be wary of late-season defoliators such as soybean loopers, velvet bean caterpillars and lingering populations of corn earworms.

Soybean loopers have the ability to build large populations quickly and are exaggerated by the use of broad-spectrum insecticides for three-cornered alfalfa hoppers and stink bugs.

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Worms and stinkbugs causing problems in NC this year

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart

North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig says this year is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for plant bugs in the state with heavier infestations of stink bugs, tobacco budworms and corn earworms being found in more fields.

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For Soybean Insect Management, There’s No Substitute for Scouting, Says Researcher

Source: United Soybean Board Press Release. www.unitedsoybean.org and Plant Management Network

The weather in the Mid-South region causes intense pest pressure for row-crop farmers. To maintain yields, farmers in this area must treat numerous insect pests, more so than farmers in other areas of the country, according to Mississippi Extension entomologist Angus Catchot, Ph.D. In a new Focus on Soybean webcast, Catchot outlines best-management practices to treat pests common to the region.

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Kudzu bug is forcing soybean growers to practice IPM

From Southeast Farm Press

By Jim Langcuster, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

While it’s not the end of the world for producers, the presence of the kudzu bug on Alabama soybeans represents a new departure for growers in terms of pest management, says one expert.

To put it another way, with the advent of this pest, soybean insect control has grown more challenging and complex, he says.

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