A tough-to-control soybean pest showing up across MO

A tough-to-control soybean pest showing up across MO

A beetle commonly found in the Delta region is being confirmed across Missouri this year and that pest can reduce yields at harvest.

University of Missouri Extension Entomologist Chase Floyd tells Brownfield there have been multiple reports of the Dectes stem borer, likely due to continuous soybean rotation.

“I think the driving factor of this is rising input costs,” he says. “With a legume like soybeans, you’re able to produce your own nitrogen instead of having to buy fertilizer for a corn crop.”

The Dectes stem borer overwinters in the ground and adult beetles emerge in June or July.

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