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- Mid-South insect infestations this spring have featured many of the usual suspects, thrips, bollworms, plant bugs and spider mites. But unexpected visitors are also crashing the party, including surprisingly high numbers of yellow-striped army worms.
- Spider mites and plant bugs have been heavy in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
- Cotton bollworm trap counts in Arkansas are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than last year, which was a heavy bollworm year.
Jack Baldwin, Extension entomologist, LSU AgCenter, says insect pressure in corn, grain sorghum and soybeans “has been light and scattered so far. The corn crop is finishing up, but I haven’t received a lot of reports of corn borer or stink bug activity. In grain sorghum, we’ve had a few reports of sorghum midge.”
Baldwin says the insect pressure in the state’s soybean crop “has been pretty light. Stink bugs haven’t been too bad, and I haven’t heard very much about the redbanded stink bug. But as we get into July and later into the summer, foliage feeding worms are more likely to be a problem.”