Kudzu Bug Making Inroads in Southeast Soybeans

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

For the 2012 insect outlook, southern soybean growers can expect a new kid on the block — the kudzu bug — as well as the usual suspects.

Several Southeast and Mid-South university entomologists discuss potential insect problems, and what growers can do about them.

The kudzu bug is a new insect pest that has invaded the Southeast and is probing the Mid-South.

“In the fall of 2009, the kudzu bug was first found in the U.S. in nine northeast Georgia counties,” says Phillip Roberts, Extension entomologist, Tifton, Ga. “Today, it’s in 120 counties of Georgia, all of South Carolina, 50 North Carolina counties, one Virginia county, and five Alabama counties.

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