Most of us have witnessed how progressing disease, fertility and nematode problems can reduce yields. The boom years for soybeans in the past demonstrated how soybean yields can decline. We have learned to deal with most of these problems, but at least one of them continues to plague us.
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.
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)
Afternoon Comments 04/24
The soy complex posted a late comeback. The soy industry apparently thinks the old-crop situation will ease as Chinese traders default on previous purchases and South American beans flow into the U.S. New-crop futures slipped Thursday morning, which may have reflected suspicions that delayed corn plantings will boost acreage planted to beans. However, bearish traders’ inability to push the complex significantly lower seemingly opened the door to a pragmatic/technical bounce late in the day. May soybeans bounced 3.5 cents to $14.72/bushel as trading ended Thursday, while May soyoil rose 0.09 cents to 42.59 cents/pound, and May soymeal edged up $2.1 to $480.2/ton.