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Tips to Identify Top Insect Pests in Mid-South Soybeans

July 26, 2017

With summer reaching its peak, growers still need to be on alert for insect pressure, as entomologists are noticing heavier-than-expected populations in some areas. As we head toward harvest, this makes pest recognition especially important. Here are some tips for identifying insects of top concern this summer:

Corn Earworm

  • Pale yellow-brown in color
  • Irregular wing markings
  • Wingspan of 1.5 inches

Bean Leaf Beetle

  • Red to yellow in color
  • Quarter-inch long
  • Four black spots on back

Stink Bugs

  • Redbanded stink bug: Green with red and yellow bands across the back.
  • Green stink bug: Bright green with black bands on their antennae.
  • Southern green stink bug: Green with rounded spine between hind legs.
  • Brown stink bugs: brown with yellow to light-green undersides.

Integrated pest management is a comprehensive approach for controlling insects. Remember to scout regularly, while observing field borders and monitoring moth flights.

When pests reach threshold levels, we suggest Besiege®, a broad-spectrum insecticide that fights off destructive lepidopteran pests like corn earworm and bean leaf beetle across a broad range of crops. For stink bug control, regardless of species, we recommend Endigo® ZC insecticide, for quick knockdown and extended residual control of key foliar insect pests in soybeans.

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