Brown Marmorated stink bug trap under development

A sticky trap is being developed to capture a growing pest in Midwest soybean fields.

University of Missouri Extension Entomologist Kevin Rice says the brown marmorated stinkbug is an invasive species in several states, including Missouri.

He tells Brownfield the good news is there is very good integrated pest management for it, but, “The problem with that particular pest is that it’s a late season pest of soybeans and it’s really hard to scout late season soybeans and they’re really tall. And this particular insect has a strong startle response so it falls off the plants making it difficult to scout.”

He says MU is working on a newer trap to capture the pests and has conducted a preliminary study with Ohio State University funded by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.

“When the stinkbug population rises in the field you get more captures on that trap.”

MU is also leading a 15-state study funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program to determine an economic threshold for the application of very effective control measures.

Brownfield interviewed Kevin Rice at the MU Pest Management Field Day at Bradford Research Farms near Columbia, Missouri.

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