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- Insects like weather β you never know what to expect
- Missouri Bootheel
- 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.
Kelly Tindall, an entomologist at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center, says populations of Japanese beetles are building up in ditch banks and turnrows in southeast Missouri. “We’re also catching a lot of corn earworms in our traps, and we have some reports of fall armyworms in whorl stage corn, which is early for us.”
Producers have reported stink bug building up in roadside weeds, according to Tindall. “Aphids are starting to pop up in cotton. We’re also hearing about problems with herbicide carryover, which adds another stress on plants.”