I have just been reminded by my colleague in Lexington that Brown Marmorated Stink (BMSB) continues to move and build in numbers in KY. BMSB was recently collected from soybeans in Fayette Co. KY., still in very low numbers, but in fact they are beginning to utilize one of our major field crops as host/food source. If our sister state of VA is any indication, we can only expect that this will get worse.
|Fig. 1. Distribution of BMSB in KY; |
2010 Brown, 2011 Orange, 2012 Yellow
|Fig.2. BMSB adult. Notice white bands on|
antennae, and white & brown decorations
on the upper rear, side surface.
Given the current known distribution of BMSB in KY, it appears that the potential for infestation of grain crops will first come to eastern and central Ky. We do know from our partner Land Grant Institutions in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania that this pest will infest both corn and soybeans and may be expected to cause considerable trouble. In addition, BMSB will attack a large variety of fruits and vegetables. So, field crop farmers will not be the only ones facing problems. Commercial fruit and vegetable producers and even home gardeners may suffer major damage from this pest.
BMSB ID Photo Rutgers - New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.