Institution:Mississippi State University
Project Fiscal Year:2013
Report Received Date:
Project NPB Budget:$11,782
Numerous insect pests are commonly found at varying densities throughout the season in Mississippi peanuts. Early season insect pests include thrips and a complex of soil inhabiting species. In general, these are the most damaging insect pests of soybeans. Thrips are important because they transmit tomato spotted wilt virus. The soil-insect complex includes wireworms, white grubs, and lesser cornstalk borers. They are important because initial feeding on the root system can reduce seedling growth and vigor. More importantly, those insects remain in the soil throughout the season and eventually damage developing pods.