Predicted mortality rates of bean leaf beetles in Iowa were extremely high during the 2013-2014 winter and ranged from 89 to 99 percent.
Economic infestations of kudzu bugs in Alabama soybeans occurred for the first time in 2012. The pest spread to additional fields in 2013 and an estimated 10,000 acres of soybeans were sprayed in 2013 mainly in east and east central Alabama.
The record low temperatures over the past few months may reduce some pest populations this spring, but university and Syngenta experts predict soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) will still threaten yields.
Cold weather effects on insect populations? (03/17/14)
Be wary of high SCN numbers in 2014 (02/17/14)
Cold temperatures and pest populations (02/12/14)
Midday Report 04/17
The export data seemed to accelerate today’s early soy pullback. Soybean and product prices had proved extremely strong in the wake of Tuesday’s bullish NOPA crush report. However, beans were backing away from overnight highs in early trading and the decline accelerated after the export sales result proved mediocre. Conversely, oil prices bounced from Wednesday night lows. May soybeans declined 5.75 cents to $15.13/bushel early Thursday morning, while May soyoil sagged 0.22 cents to 43.49 cents/pound, and May soymeal dipped $3.8 to $487.2/ton.