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Looper numbers picking up in North Carolina soybeans

In Southeast Farm Press

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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Worms reported in early season North Carolina soybeans

In Southeast Farm Press

There are reports of worms in early season soybeans in North Carolina, but at this point density levels aren’t a concern, according to North Carolina Extension entomologist Dominic Reisig.

After sampling numerous fields, Reisig says there are spots where corn earworm and tobacco budworm are present. In a blog posting, Reisig explained that identification is the first step if worms are present in your soybeans.

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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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