Too wet to spray for insects in South Carolina?

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Jonathan Croft, county agent in Orangeburg County, reported that the rain has really dampened field activity. So even if you have problems with insects, you can’t do anything about it unless you have a friend who’s an aerial applicator.

And most aerial applicators have full plates right now and you have to book them sometime in the future. They can’t cover all the need right now.

Charles Davis, county agent in Calhoun County, reported that “aphids are still hanging on [in cotton] with no sign of fungus yet that I can see. They are all wearing life vests, though.”

Chris Talley, county agent in Anderson County, reported that he has been seeing kudzu bugs on beans for some time and is “just now really starting to see some immatures on some of the earlier planted beans.”

The moth trap numbers for this season are looking like what we experienced in 2010, when we had tremendous pressure from bollworms, so this season might shape up to look like that record year for bollworm pressure. The next peak in numbers should tell us.

If traps counts get to 800 moths per week near the end of this month, we will know. I am betting that we will have significant pressure from bollworm in both cotton and soybeans and that tobacco budworms will be important in soybean acres this season.

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