June 22, 2020 | By Rupp Seeds
Reports of stink bug injury in soybean have increased over the past several years in the Midwest. While usually only a small number of fields exhibit economic injury, the injury is widespread and can be devastating in areas within infested fields. Stink bugs or shield bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts. Upon piercing the plant tissue, saliva is pumped into the plant to begin the digestive process. While the stylet itself can cause mechanical injury, the material pumped into the plant in combination with the mechanical injury is thought to result in the damage symptoms observed in the field.
There are several species of stink bugs. Read more to learn about the various types, the damage they can cause and how to scout and treat them in this issue of SeedScoop.Early Season Stinkbug Management in Soybean