Best management practices for insect pests in Virginia soybean
Sustainable Production
Biotic stressCrop protectionField management Pest
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This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Sally Taylor, Virginia Tech
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Brief Project Summary:

This project helps Virginia soybean growers minimize yield losses and reduce costs associated with insect pest management by shaping recommendations appropriate to early and late-planted targeted soybean maturities. It also equips producers with the tools and knowledge to scout insect pests. To accomplish this, efforts evaluate insect management strategies, including integrated pest management (IPM) approaches, that consider insecticide selection and spray termination timing, calculate the economic trade-offs between IPM recommendations and standard management plans and make beat cloths, provide them to growers, and demonstrate how to scout for insect pests.

Key Benefactors:
farmers, agronomists, extension agents

Information And Results
Project Deliverables

The purpose of this project is to provide Virginia soybean growers with knowledge on the value of using integrated pest management strategies and how insect management plans can be optimized in different varieties and planting dates. Though it is unlikely that insecticide use will decrease as a result of this project, insecticide use can be optimized in order to reduce ineffective use (i.e., inappropriate products or mistimed sprays). By distributing beat cloths to growers and demonstrate how to scout for insect pests, losses caused by insect pests will be reduced when more acres are scouted appropriately. Further, extension recommendations will be fine-tuned where appropriate to give growers the most accurate, and up-to-date, research-based information.

Final Project Results

Updated August 4, 2020:

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The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.