Doug Johnson, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky
A single adult Kudzu bug was collected on June 16, 2014 from Kudzu at a patch located at ca. KY MM1 on the north bound right-of-way of I-24. No nymphs or eggs were collected. This represents the 1st confirmed occurrence of this invasive pest in the western KY grain crops production area.
It is unlikely that this find represents the beginning of an economically important infestation for 2014. Nevertheless, it does tell us that this location, which is ca. 2-300 yards, north of the acceleration ramp coming out of a rest stop, is likely to be infested repeatedly from vehicles traveling at slow speeds as they merge into the I-24 traffic. I will not be at all surprised if the population increases through the summer. These are still early days for this bug in our area.
We are very fortunate that the Christian Co. Ag Agent has located a producer that has soy beans planted very near the deceleration ramp leading into the rest area. I also sampled that field and did not detect any Kudzu bugs. I am much appreciative to the producer for allowing me access to this field. I will continue to sample over the summer as time permits.
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