It is an unpleasant thought of unwelcome insects invading your corn and soybean fields. What insects should you keep your eyes open for in 2010?
The western corn rootworm causes some management challenges every year. Gray expects light to moderate infestations this year like last year when wet soil conditions in the spring resulted in high mortality of western corn rootworm larvae soon after the hatch occurred.
Growers across the
Soybean growers may face another threat – red-banded stink bugs. Kelly Tindall, an entomologist at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center, recently found stink bugs in three soybean fields in
Entomologists anticipate soybean aphid and corn borer populations may be down.
It’s still too early to assess the potential impact of insects that migrate such as black cutworms, corn leaf aphid, fall armyworms and corn earworms, but it’s a good idea to stay on the look out for problem insects, and work with your agronomist to scout, if needed. Click here to watch a short presentation that includes insect scouting information.
What insects are you most concerned about for the 2010 season? What insects have historically been problematic in your fields?