Knowing what you're up against.
Soybeans can be a particulary vulnerable crop, facing numerous challenges from weeds, to disease, to parasitic insects. Unlike herbicides and fungicides, insecticides are not recommended for preventative treatment. Of course, it is always important to understand any potential pest problems you may have and act quickly at the first sign of issues.
Tiny foes. Huge problems.
Piercing and sucking insects like aphids can cause significant losses in soybeans. The damage to crops can be a result of direct pest feeding or from the spread of vector-borne plant diseases. Infestations can be difficult to detect, so it’s important to stay on top of potential issues in order to protect your investment.
Another annoying pest: resistance.
To further complicate matters, pest populations have begun developing resistance to traditional chemistries. As a result, growers may resort to using more frequent applications or higher rates to achieve an acceptable level of control.
Targeting problems in your soybean fields.
Some insecticides with lower toxicity can provide targeted control by taking advantage of small biochemical differences between pest species and beneficial ones. And while the challenges of resistance can’t be completely prevented, it can be significantly delayed through the diligent use of resistance management strategies.