Source: Pioneer Hi-Bred
A number of trappings and large swarms of Japanese beetles are surfacing in central portions of the Corn Belt, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. Growers should scout both corn and soybeans now for potential crop infestations.
"The heart of the Corn Belt encounters the pest each year," said Marlin Rice, Pioneer senior research scientist. "Missouri and Illinois, specifically, see heavy Japanese beetle infestations. Growers need to do a complete evaluation of fields before deciding to treat for Japanese beetles because that may not be necessary."
Scott Dickey, Pioneer area agronomist in Missouri, saids currently populations of the pest vary across Missouri with large numbers in the eastern, central and southwestern portions of the state.