Several of you have reported small creatures other than the expected bean leaf beetles in seedling soybeans this past week. I'll call them creatures because they represent not just insects but also millipedes and slugs. All of these creatures are feeding on either the soybean cotyledons or the unifoliolate or trifoliolate leaves. Fortunately, from what I have observed and heard, none of these pests is causing significant defoliation or stand reduction. Here is a brief overview of these early-season insects, plus others.
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Rice, Marlin E., "Early-season soybean insects, plus others" (2006). Integrated Crop Management News. 1271.
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