Typically soybeans are safe from insect pests in most farming locations within the United States. Normally the southwestern US is the most at risk of pest damage to their soybean crops. However, this summer saw a greater number of soybean crops around America fall victim to various pests.
One such pest is known as the bean leaf beetle. The second generation of these beetles begin to chew on the bean pods, causing immediate damage. However, it is not the damage that is the problem, rather the various diseases that could have been transmitted to the beans by means of the beetles chewing.
The bean leaf beetle can transmit a disease known as phomopsis, making the beans worthless. Also devastating is the pod mottle virus, which causes a dark mosaic pattern to form on the consequently worthless bean.
Stink bugs are also a big issue as they will suck the fluids from the bean plant causing the inner plant material to corrode as a result of the stink bug’s corrosive enzymes entering the plant while chewing. It takes careful and strategic application of pesticides in order to avoid these bugs killing crops, and many farmers farming outside of the southeastern US may not be used to just how much damage these two small bugs can cause.
Have you ever encountered a stinkbug in your home? And if you did how did you get rid of it?