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By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of AgricultureAug. 14, 2017
(370 words)(Download this story in MS Word here.)
LONOKE, Ark. and STONEVILLE, Miss. – August has shaped up as an explosive month
for a difficult-to-control and highly damaging pest in soybean, prompting organization
of the Ark-La-Miss Emergency Forum on Redbanded stink bug, set for Aug. 17 at the
Capps Center in Stoneville, Mississippi.
The forum begins at 2 p.m. There’s no cost to attend and the event will be live steamed
and recorded for those who cannot make it to Stoneville. For information, contact
the Delta Research and Extension Center at 662-686-3214.
To access the live stream of the forum, go to https://www.uaex.uada.edu/live/. During the forum, participants may text their questions to 662-394-1919.
“The situation is pretty serious in Mississippi right now. They have thousands and
thousands of acres that are being treated for redband and they’re having trouble getting
them all treated with all the rain showers,” said Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The redbanded stink bugs “are spending too much time in the field. What we know about
this pest, based on experience, is that the longer they’re out in the field, the more
damage they can do,” he said. “Timely control is extremely important for this pest.”
Lorenz said the forum would be a chance for entomologists in Arkansas, Louisiana and
Mississippi to share and review what’s known about this stink bug. While Arkansas
has done some trials, “only LSU has any appreciable data on this pest,” he said.
In Arkansas, the pest is present in the southern part of the state as far north as
Marianna. “They’ve moving into Arkansas full force,” Lorenz said and growers need
to know what to do with the redbanded stink bug since they are so different than our
resident stink bugs.”
The forum will feature researchers, extension, and consultants from Louisiana, Arkansas,
and Mississippi who will share data and experiences managing Redbanded stink bug in
“We have had well over 150 calls this week alone on insecticide efficacy, thresholds,
and insecticide termination,” Angus Cachot, extension entomologist for Mississippi
State, wrote in a blog post Saturday. “With any new pest that has such high damage
potential and changes traditional management considerations, naturally there are lots
of questions being asked from areas of Mississippi and Arkansas where this pest has
not commonly occurred.”
For more information about the redbanded stink bug, download Biology, Identification
and Management of the Redbanded Stink Bug, https://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-7078.pdf.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation
to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the Northeast Research
and Extension Center at 870-536-2199 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org