Cold winter didn’t deter kudzu bugs in NC

The following is directly from the North Carolina soybean blog, written by Dominic Reisig, entomologist:

I have been monitoring a kudzu patch in Edgecombe Co. since late April this year.  As expected, adults from overwintering flocked to kudzu to feed, mate and lay eggs.  These adults were produced from last year’s batch and survived our colder than normal winter with ease.  Around the middle of May, most adults had died and 99% of the terminals had 30-50 eggs laid by these adults.

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Kudzu bug problems? There’s a wasp for that

In Southeast Farm Press

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

University of Georgia entomologist Michael Toews says there’s a wasp that controls kudzu bug populations in Asia, where the kudzu bug originates. The wasp might do the same in the U.S.

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Kudzu bug has potential to change everything in soybean insect management

From Southeast Farm Press

If you’ve been growing soybeans the same old way year after year, things might be about to change.

“The kudzu bug — in my opinion — has the potential to change everything we’ve ever had to do in managing soybean insects,” says Auburn University Extension entomologist Tim Reed.

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Resistant earworms, budworms likely in North Carolina soybeans

In Southeast Farm Press

By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

I received several calls earlier this week concerning the corn earworm in our North Carolina soybean crop.

These reports were unusual for at least one reason. Earworms seem widespread geographically, but are spotty from field to field.

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Discovery of parasitic wasp could be game changer in kudzu bug battle

In Southeast Farm Press

By Jim Langcuster, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Within only a few days after discovering a native parasitic fly that may reduce kudzu bug numbers significantly over time, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Specialist and Auburn University Researcher Xing Ping Hu has discovered a local egg-parasitic wasp.

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Alabama soybean growers getting good look at kudzu bug infestations

In Southeast Farm Press

By Ron Smith, Alabama Extension Entomologist

The kudzu bug has become a major economic pest of Alabama soybeans in certain fields throughout the state in recent weeks.

Populations as high as 50 or more adult bugs per plant were observed in early June. Some of these fields now have 200 or more immature bugs per plant (late June). Calls are being received from growers and field men in recent days from all over the state.

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Kudzu bugs ‘spreading like wildfire’ in parts of Alabama

Kudzu bugs are “spreading like wildfire” in parts of east-central Alabama, says Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension entomologist.

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