South Carolina Soybeans, Cotton: Kudzu Bugs, Aphids, and Stink Bugs, Oh My

    • Charles Davis, county agent covering Calhoun County, reported last week that he “checked a few soybean fields and found a few kudzu bugs. The majority of bugs were on the field edges but they were all making babies… I think every bug in the field was mating. Cotton continues to grow well, but the dry weather spell we are in right now is taking a toll on the cotton crop. Some fields are beginning to bloom.

      I have noticed an increase in aphids in cotton. Stink bug numbers seem to be climbing with the corn crop beginning to mature. They will be on the hit list soon with early bolls being set. Drake Perrow had to spray some spider mites in cotton and from his report it looks like it knocked the numbers down by three quarters. Rainfall has been too spotty to knock them down.

      Other than that all is quiet in the cotton fields except for pigweed.”

    • Rebecca Hellmuth, county agent covering Dorchester and Berkeley Counties, reported last week that she “saw a few brown stink bugs and quite a few Japanese beetles in soybeans.”
    • Jonathan Croft, county agent covering Orangeburg County, reported that he is seeing spotty aphids in cotton.
    • Chris Talley, county agent covering Anderson County and other portions of the Upstate area, reported that he is “finally starting to see some kudzu bugs in the Upstate, but they are still in low populations and only in certain fields. Japanese Beetles have been seen in fairly large numbers in a few fields as well.

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