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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A Confirmed New Pest of Soybean
July 2011



By Ames Herbert Jr., Ph.D.
Professor of Entomology
Virginia Polytechnic University
6321 Holland Road
Suffolk, VA 23437
Phone: 757-657-6450
Email:herbert@vt.edu

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Summary:

This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the soybean growing regions of the U.S. and Canada learn more about the spread and potential impact of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on soybean. BMSB, a native species of Asia, was first identified in the U.S. in 2001 in Allentown, PA. It has since spread throughout much of the U.S. and in the mid-Atlantic states is causing near catastrophic levels of damage to many horticultural crops including fruits, vegetables, wine grapes, and others. It is also been documented as a pest of soybean, especially in Maryland, and is spreading south and westward. This presentation will provide images of BMSB injury to soybean pods, seed, and the ‘stay-green’ condition in fields; preliminary results of in-field distribution studies and field cage studies to measure impact to soybean; limited results of insecticide effectiveness studies; and preliminary management recommendations. By the end of this presentation, the practitioner should know more about BMSB’s current distribution in U.S. soybean, how to identify soybean injury symptoms, preliminary field scouting procedures, and preliminary control recommendations.


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