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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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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Asian insect imports meet in Virginia, North Carolina soybeans

By Roy Roberson, Southeast Farm Press

The extent of damage caused by brown marmorated stink bugs and kudzu bugs in Virginia is not known for certain, but having both Asian imports meet in several counties in Virginia is cause enough for entomologists and growers in both North Carolina and Virginia to take notice.

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Researchers fire two shots at soybean cyst nematode

From Southeast Farm Press

When it comes to soybean cyst nematode (SCN), which costs U.S. soybean farmers $1 billion annually in crop losses, farmers can never have enough potential solutions.

Twice recently, research funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) and soy checkoff has yielded potential breakthroughs in fighting off this devastating disease.

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StopBMSB.org Website Launches Latest Stink Bug Science

The brown marmorated stink bug is advancing, yet its secrets are unraveling. Today a team of more than 50 researchers launches a website bringing its latest findings to growers in North America. This group is solving the mysteries of this pest that damages a huge range of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops. You’ll find a photo identification guide and recommendations for how to control it. Connect to the researchers’ sites, send a specimen for identification, and report a sighting. Go to:

http://www.StopBMSB.org/

Kudzu bug gets South Carolina field day

It’s not often that a particular pest causes enough problems to have its own field day.

Palmer pigweed and a few others in that pesky class are now joined by the kudzu bug.

A kudzu bug seminar and field tour will be held at the Edisto Agriculture Research and Education Center near Blackville, S.C., on Sept. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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Watch for fall armyworms (Kentucky)

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 21, 2012) – Forage producers reseeding their drought-damaged pastures this fall will want to be on the lookout for fall armyworm as the new grass seedlings emerge, said Lee Townsend, extension entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

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