Natural and “Insecticide-Facilitated” Mortality of Early-Season Kudzu Bugs

The infestation of kudzu bugs on early-season soybeans continues, but natural mortality of the overwintered adults is increasing.  We might see numbers of this species decline on early-planted soybeans before increasing again when the F1 generation comes off of kudzu.  I sprayed some of these soybeans with insecticide yesterday and observed very high mortality today.  We used Endigo at … Read more

Kudzu Bugs on Early-Planted Soybeans

We have started observing eye-catching populations of kudzu bugs on early-planted soybeans in SC, and similar observations are being made in other states.  Earlier this week, I took this photo of soybeans planted on 20 April.  We did not see this last year this early on planted soybeans, and we have already started getting calls about … Read more