Location: Crop Protection and Management Research
2011 Annual Report
The second year of a study of the effects of landscapes on stink bug populations in southern Georgia. Comparisons of two regions in southern Georgia differing in scale of production of corn indicated that the higher corn region always had more stink bugs in corn, peanut, and cotton than in the region with less corn. Stink bugs in soybean were similar in both regions. Overall, peanuts and cotton tend to have lower numbers of stink bugs than corn and soybean in both regions. The exception was one peanut field in one year which had numbers of stink bugs and estimates of their survival as high as those in soybean in both regions. Estimates of survival indicate that there were regional differences in survival in peanut and cotton with higher survival in the high corn region. There were also regional differences in fire ants. More fire ants were found in the low corn region, but over all crops in both regions the numbers were always highest in peanut and cotton than in soybean and corn.