–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth and Dr. Holly Davis
Soybeans appear to be relatively pest free at the present time – but looks can be deceiving. There are a few small green cloverworms, thistle caterpillars, soybean podworms (corn earworms) and webworms, along with stink bugs and spider mites.
These pests are probably only going to increase in the next few weeks. Bean leaf beetle adults will also likely be emerging and showing up in fields soon. As the beans continue to develop so will the pests, thus monitoring should continue until beans senesce.