Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

Posted by romeethredge on September 5, 2014

We are seeing some more Bermudagrass Stem maggot (BSM). It is especially worse in the finer stemmed hybrid bermudas like Alicia. That’s the hybrid I saw it in this week. The field looks kind of “frosted” on top due to the insect killing the top of the plant.

Usually the best thing to do is to go ahead and make your hay cutting and let the grass grow back for a week or 10 days and then spray a pyrethroid to get some control of the insect. Then maybe another spray 10 days after that.

For more information on the bermudagrass stem maggot, visit our website,


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