South Carolina Soybeans, Cotton: Building Looper Numbers, Keep Watch for Stink Bugs

Dr. Cory Heaton, former county agent and State Wildlife Specialist, reported sub-threshold but building numbers of soybean loopers in soybeans in Orangeburg County and up near Clemson.

That is consistent with a report from Chris Talley, county agent in Anderson County, who reported seeing a few soybean loopers but not much else in soybeans.

Jay Crouch, county agent in Newberry, reported that “kudzu bug numbers continue to increase. Immatures being found in scattered locations- nothing warranting treatment yet.”

Jonathan Croft, county agent in Orangeburg County, reported that he is “still only seeing a few worms and stink bugs in beans. Cotton is being sprayed for stink bugs along with growth regulator.”

Got reports of a few hayfields being sprayed in Dorchester County for armyworms this week.

Charles Davis, county agent in Calhoun County, reported that he “had a report of 18 worms and 3 stink bugs per shake in some soybeans being looked at by one of our chemical company reps, but I have seen very few moths in cotton. Also, I have noticed aphids appear to be making a rebound in cotton this week.”


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