Author Archives: Justin Ballew

Question of the Week: Kudzu Bug Eggs

Last week the question was:  What is on this soybean leaf? These are kudzu bug eggs.  Just a few years ago kudzu bugs seemed like they were going to be a major pest in soybeans in the southeast; however, they … Continue reading

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Loopers on the Rise

More loopers are showing up in the sweep nets.  We’re getting in to the time of year when we really need to keep an eye on them.  Make sure you or your scout can tell the difference between a soybean … Continue reading

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Peanut Update – Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper and Late Season Mn

The following update was prepared by Clemson Peanut Specialist Dan Anco. What is the treatment threshold for threecornered alfalfa hopper?  Good question. At this point we don’t really have a good answer linking insect or girdling counts to economic yield … Continue reading

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Cotton Marketing New – 8/11/17

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Question of the Week: Praying Mantis

Last week the question was:  What predatory insect is hiding in this photo? There is a praying mantis hiding in this photo.  These are great predators of lots of different insect and can be found all over South Carolina.  The … Continue reading

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Corn Harvest

A fair amount of corn was harvested last week.  Yields are looking good so far and we hope that trend continues. Rains are moving in this week and we are forecast to get 2-3 inches over the next 5 days … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Auxin Herbicide

Last week the question was:  What happened to these soybeans? These soybeans are showing damage symptoms from an auxin herbicide, dicamba to be more specific.  We’re seeing these symptoms show up in a number of fields right now.  Some volatilization … Continue reading

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Keep Scouting for Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are the main pest to look out for in cotton right now.  There are plenty of them around in places and plenty of insecticide applications are going out.  Here are a couple photos below to remind folks of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Mayflies

Last week the question was:  What are the bugs all over the side of this dock? These are mayflies.  Mayflies spend the majority of their lives in the water as nymphs feeding on algae and organic matter.  After 1-2 years … Continue reading

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Corn at Black Layer

A number of fields have reached physiological maturity and a lot more are approaching rapidly.  Folks are busy getting their combines ready to roll now and it won’t be long before we see corn harvest starting on a wide scale. … Continue reading

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