As we look forward to the 2016 crop year, we have to take a little look back to 2014 to see what pests hit us in 2015 in order to plan for next year.
- Aphids missed Ohio even though it was the “odd” year and they were supposed to be here. A cold winter last year and a wet mid-summer may have done our control for us.
- Stink bugs are increasing in number and spreading. I am seeing this group of pests more as I scout soybeans in late fall — perhaps it’s global warming or just the arrival of a new invasive species but there are more here than ever. If you saw shriveled beans at harvest in 2015, do a better job of scouting next year. They tend to hit green soybean pods and suck the juices out reducing yield.
- Bean leaf beetle has been a generally non-economical pest for a while now.