Category Archives: Question of the Week

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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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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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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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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Question of the Week: Eyed Click Beetle

Last week the question was:  What is this insect? This is an eyed click beetle.  They are named for the clicking sound they often make if handles or threatened.  They have a hinge between their head and thorax and make … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2,4-D

Last week the question was:  What happened to this pigweed? This pigweed is suffering from a dose of 2,4-D.  This was in an Enlist cotton field.  There are lots of growers taking advantage of new Enlist and Xtend technology this … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Leafcutter Bee

Last week the question was:  What made this nearly perfect circle in this leaf? This was done by a leafcutter bee.  These are common native pollinators in South Carolina.  Leafcutter bees are solitary bees and make their nests in cavities … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Pigweed

Last week the question was:  What are the weeds surrounding these young cotton plants? This was an easy one.  These is pigweed, Palmer amaranth to be more specific.  There is not a single farmer in SC that hasn’t fought pigweed. … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Turkey

Last week the question was:  What bird made this nest in the middle of a field? These are Eastern wild turkey eggs.  This pea field was a great spot to make a nest until it was harvested.  It had a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Poor Pollination

Last week the question was:  What is wrong with the three cucumbers on the right? These cucumbers are misshaped because of poor pollination.  Cucumbers need several hundred grains of pollen to be properly pollinated.  Pollen from male cucumber flowers is … Continue reading

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