Soybeans are a major crop in Kentucky.  In 2006 soybeans were listed as the 5th top agricultural commodity in the state with 1.3 million acres planted.  In that year, the soybean industry generated over $300 million.  Soybeans and soybean products ranked 3rd among top agriculture exports from Kentucky and Kentucky is ranked 14th in the nation for soybean and soybean product exports.  The rising importance of the soybean industry in Kentucky highlights the need for a survey focused on pests in this system.

We will trap 10 soybean fields in western Kentucky (the area of the state with the greatest amount of soybean acreage).  We will have a trapping program designed to target five moth pests:  Old World Bollworm, Silver-Y Moth, Egyptian Cotton Leafworm, and Golden Twin Spot Moth.  The traps will be in the soybean fields from April/May to August/September depending on the pest.

Old World Bollworm

Old World Bollworm


Egyptian Cotton Leafworm

Egyptian Cotton Leafworm


Golden Twinspot Moth

Golden Twinspot Moth


Silver Y Moth

Silver Y Moth