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Identification and Management of the
Invasive 'Kudzu Bug' (Megacopta cribraria)
August 2014

By Nicholas Seiter, Ph.D.
Graduate Research Assistant
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University
Phone: 803-284-3343 ext. 269


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(2 min 47 sec)

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(15 min 55 sec)


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Summary: This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the Southeast, Midsouth, and other soybean producing regions of the United States to identify and manage this invasive insect in soybeans. Identification of the life stages of kudzu bugs is emphasized, as management should target the immature stages to be most effective. In addition, planting date can influence the susceptibility of a field to damaging kudzu bug infestations. By the end of this presentation, practitioners will be able to identify the various life stages of kudzu bugs and time their management to preserve yield while minimizing the number of insecticide applications.

Responsibility: United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-leaders develop and maintain partnerships with U.S. land grant universities and U.S. ag-focused research organizations such as the Plant Management Network to increase the transfer of checkoff-funded applied and practical production research information to U.S. soybean farmers. USB neither recommends nor discourages the implementation of any advice contained herein, and is not liable for the use or misuse of the information provided.

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