Project Details:

Stink bug management: Key for economic soybean production in Alabama

Parent Project: This is the first year of this project.
Checkoff Organization:Alabama Soybean Producers
Categories:Insects and pests
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Project Year:2021
Lead Principal Investigator:Scott Graham (Auburn University)
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Project Summary

The stink bug complex is annually the most important insect pest of Alabama soybeans. This complex is made up of our “traditional” species (% of complex in 2020), the southern green stink bug (60%), brown stink bug (20%) and green stink bug (5%) as well as the invasive (but established) brown marmorated stink bug (5%). In years following warm winters, the redbanded stink bug (RBSB) may also pose as serious threat. In 2020, this pest made up roughly 10% of the species composition. In addition to causing more damage than our traditional species, the RBSB is also more difficult to control. Although this pest is likely to be a factor in the central and southern parts of Alabama, if it does invade north Alabama, it will likely be later in the season. Thus, research needs to be done evaluating management strategies for the traditional stink bug complex and the RBSB.

Project Objectives

1. Evaluate the current ACES recommended threshold for the traditional stink bug complex.
2. Evaluate initial and residual control of the traditional stink bug complex with selected insecticides.
3. Evaluate initial and residual control of the RBSB with selected insecticides.

Project Deliverables

Updated stick bug complex threshold and control recommendations.

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Benefit to Soybean Farmers

Up-to-date, unbiased information is needed for making any agricultural management decision, including insect management decisions. The potential for insecticide resistance can be a major issue for row crop production. Conducting “routine” insecticide efficacy studies, combined with reports from growers and agri-fieldmen provide initial indications of possible resistance issues. With profit margins so small due to market conditions, making well informed, economical insect management decisions is crucial. Trial work to monitor in-season insecticide efficacy plays a key role in this system.

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