Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Stink Bugs are Abundant

Posted by romeethredge on May 23, 2013

I heard a country music song yesterday that talked about a bug being in a Margarita drink. Well, I can understand that because they are abundant now. In the song, he ended up drinking the bug and he thought it made the drink sweeter, but stink bugs can hurt us in corn especially early on when it affects the whole ear.

I’ve heard from several folks in the last few days that say they have seen several stink bugs. Folks harvesting small grains are seeing them, so if you have corn that has small ears on it, especially if it’s near a wheat field, you may want to check it closely. I saw several brown and some green stink bugs in corn this week. I also saw some egg masses. In the photo below you can see 2 egg masses and the dark ones are about to hatch and the creamy white ones are still a few days away from hatching. This corn is just beginning to tassel and ears are emerging.

The grower decided to delay his spray for 5 days,(stink bug eggs will hatch in 5 to 6 days from laying). He’ll go with a fungicide for disease and insecticide for stink bugs. He’s managing the corn for very high yields.

All these photos were taken this week in Seminole County.

 

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Dark stink bug eggs are about to hatch and the creamy ones lack a few days.

 

Field corn is starting to tassel.

Field corn is starting to tassel.

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The tiny ear is very susceptible to stink bug damage.

The tiny ear is very susceptible to stink bug damage.

 

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