Combating Slugs as Pests of Soybeans and Corn
Recorded April 6, 2022
Slugs pose a significant pest problem for growers of seedling grain crops—particularly corn and soybeans—in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The presence and activity of slugs are associated with practices that promote soil health: namely, no-till or conservation tillage and cover crops. Periods of cool, wet weather can lead to an otherwise healthy stand being severely impacted or lost.
This presentation explores the biology of the two most common slug species and how we’re working to control them. We discuss pesticides and their shortcomings for slug management, cultural control tactics, and new research currently underway.
Extension Specialist at the University of Delaware
David Owens, PhD, is a University of Delaware agricultural entomology extension specialist located at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, providing extension education and support for Delmarva field and vegetable crops since 2017. His primary activities include performing crop-pest surveys and scouting, maintaining pest-monitoring traps, and conducting insect-management trials. He contributes to regional field-crop recommendation guides and participates in numerous extension-related meetings.
Dr. Sally Taylor is an associate professor and field crops entomology extension specialist located at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Virginia. Sally’s program conducts research in corn, soybean, small grains, peanut, and cotton.