Location: Southern Insect Management Research
Project Number: 6066-22000-090-03-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2020
End Date: Aug 31, 2022
The Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University (LA State) and the ARS’s Southern Insect Management Research Unit (SIMRU) will explore developing semiochemical-based trapping methods for the insect pests on row crops particularly soybean looper. Develop new approaches for the control of noctuid and hemipteran pests of southern row crops, integrating multiple control tactics into integrated pest management systems. This way we can integrate this methods into IPM for managing soybean looper and other insect pests.
Insect management guidelines are generally static from year to year regardless of crop prices, costs of insecticides and yield potential of the crop. We plan to summarize published information for soybean looper and bollworms and develop economic injury level probability distributions using Monte Carlo simulations. On-farm field evaluations across the Mississippi Delta will evaluate economic returns and environmental sustainability of different insecticidal control strategies in soybean and cotton. The impact of current insect management strategies in southern row crops on populations of pollinators and beneficial insects will be examined in production fields.