"Kudzu bugs, those tenacious little imports from Asia, continue to spread across the Southeast and continue to plague soybean growers, especially in the Carolinas." Entomology researcher, Dr. Dominic Reisig, says some growers sprayed prematurely; but damage is also difficult to predict.
Monitoring is more economical. Farmers can use the Southeast Early Detection Nertwork (SEEDN), here:
There, farmers will find videos on how to sample for monitoring using sweep nets, information on control, and other resources.
The invasive insect has spread rapidly throughout the southeast in just a few growing seasons and is expected to have an economic impact in some areas.
photos: Richard Evans, USDA