Moist Soils Brings Forth Different Kinds of Pests

Written by Tracey Baute

Tracey Baute

Areas of Focus • Collaborate on applied research and demonstration projects to validate/determine practical integrated insect management solutions • Monitor for and implement strategies for new invasive species • Co-developer of the Aphid Advisor App • Co-author of Publication 812, Field Crop Protection Guide

  • Henry Klassen

    I had a grower call in asking about slug damage in soybeans. The symptoms he talks about are not consistant with slug feeding the way you describe it. These plants are being cut off at ground level. Is there anything other than rabbits that would do that to soybeans.

    • admin

      Slugs can sometimes clip the plants but I am more inclined to think it is bean leaf beetles. I have seen a few fields now where they clipped the plants off in spots instead of making holes in the leaves. If you don’t see slime trails on the soil or on the leaves of surrounding plants, then look for bean leaf beetles.