A New Stink Bug IPM Resource for Midwest Corn and Soybean Growers
Reports of stink bug infestations in soybean and corn have been increasing in Nebraska and across the Midwestern United States for several years, and now there is a new stink bug IPM resource available for Midwestern corn and soybean growers. The article, “Identification, Biology, Impacts, and Management of Stink Bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) of Soybean and Corn in the Midwestern United States,” by Robert L. Koch, Daniela T. Pezzini, Andrew P. Michel, and Thomas E. Hunt was just published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.
The authors review the biology, ecology, and management of several species of stink bugs common to the midwest, including the green stink bug, brown marmorated stink bug, redshouldered stink bug, brown stink bug, and onespotted stink bug. We have all of these stink bugs in Nebraska, although the invasive brown marmorated stink bug has only recently been found at extremely low numbers.
Color photos of the adult and immature stink bugs commonly found in corn and soybean are also presented, so the article can be used as an identification guide.
This article was supported in part by the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff.