Thrips are one of the most abundant insects in soybean fields but seldom damage yields. While thrips are almost always present in soybean fields, they generally only pose a threat under prolonged hot, dry conditions, as reported by researchers at South Dakota State University.

According to the University of Tennessee Extension, adult thrips are between 1.5 to 2.0 millimeters in length, which makes them difficult to scout. They have slender, torpedo-shaped bodies and often sport fringed, hairy wings. Their heads are dark in color, with three dark bands across their bodies.

Thrips cause small, bleached scars on soybean leaves where feeding takes place. They are usually found on the underside of the leaves near the veins. Researchers from the University of Tennessee report that severe feeding may cause leaves to crinkle. Although damage is rare, high populations on soybeans suffering from moisture stress early in the growing season may threaten yield potential.

Syngenta solution

CruiserMaxx® Beans with Vibrance® seed treatment, a combination of separately registered products, offers soybeans protection against major early-season threats including harmful insects. CruiserMaxx Beans with Vibrance provides on-seed protection that starts working immediately after planting. By protecting seeds and emerging seedlings from evasive early-season threats, CruiserMaxx Beans with Vibrance works to improve plant stand, vigor, speed to canopy and growth. This, in turn, helps soybeans start strong, allowing you to grow more soybeans.

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