Stink Bug Management in Corn
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Dominic Reisig and Ron Heinger
Brown stink bug is the primary pest species of corn in North Carolina, although brown marmorated stink bug, green stink bug and southern green stink bug can also be pests. They feed through piercing sucking mouthparts and can cause three distinct types of damage.
- Early vegetative stages (V1 to V6)- plants can be stunted, yield-robbing tillers can be formed, or plants can be killed. This damage can easily be confused with billbug damage.
- Pre-tasselling stage (V14 to VT)- ears can be crooked (banana ear) and kernels can be missing. This damage can easily be confused with damage from moisture or nutrient stress.
- Reproductive stage (R1 to R4)- kernel size and weight can be reduced and secondary pathogens can be introduced that lead to aflatoxin or fumonisin contamination.
Where can stink bugs be a problem?
- Corn fields planted in no-till fields with heavy cover. Watch for feeding in open-furrows.
- Wheat-corn interfaces. Stink bugs aren’t a pest of wheat, but will feed on wheat up to the time of harvest. Wheat harvest can push stink bugs into nearby corn, but this isn’t a guarantee.
- Corn fields planted behind soybeans. Stink bugs build up in soybeans during the late summer and early fall after other crops are harvested. Check field edges near woods, where stink bugs may have overwintered after building up in last year’s soybeans.
Scouting. Consult the Stink Bug Scouting Guide for Field Corn in the Southeastern US. This is a complete in-depth resource on how to correctly scout stink bugs in corn. Information on stink bug identification can be found here.
Thresholds. Thresholds vary depending on growth stage and are based on a 100 plant sample as described below (see table). These thresholds are not percentages, but numbers. If a single plant has multiple stink bugs, this must be counted into the total. If the number of stink bugs exceeds the number in the “treat” category, treat the field even if 100 plants have not been sampled. If the number of stink bugs per plant falls between the “treat” and “do not treat” category, take more samples until a confident decision can be made.
|Area to sample
|Do not treat
|Take more samples
|V1 to V6
|Base of plant on stalk below lowest green leaf
|>7 to 12
|V14 to VT
|Stalk from first leaf above and below primary ear
|>5 to 9
|R1 to R2
|Stalk at one leaf above and two leaves below primary ear
|>15 to 27
Alternatively, if the entire plant is sampled, thresholds are 1 per 10 plants (V1 to V6), 1 per 4 plants (V14 to VT), and 1 per 2 plants (R1 to R2).
Insecticide control. Many insecticides in the pyrethroid class are effective for brown stink bug in corn. However, bifenthrin is the most effective both because it can be applied at a rate that contains more active ingredient than other pyrethroids and because it is more toxic to brown stink bugs. Expect only a week residual.
Two critical factors to achieve control are:
- Coverage- deliver insecticide where the stink bugs are located (photo below). Ensure canopy penetration with proper nozzle, pressure and volume selection.
- Timing- the most critical time to treat from V14 to VT is just before the primary ear is exposed. Aim to control stink bugs when the primary ear is between these stages, but preferably on the early side to avoid banana ear.
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