Photo by Nick Seiter
Research is being done to better track a southern Illinois soybean pest.
University of Illinois Field Crop Entomologist Nick Seiter tells Brownfield there is a growing interest in managing dectes stem borer.
“We are trying to go out and survey fields at the end of the season to see what the levels of stem infestation are for this insect in different parts of the state and see over time if those distributions are changing.”
He says chemical control is possible but challenging, because at the time you can target the adults in early summer, you don’t yet know if there will be an issue in the fall.