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Manage slugs in no-till soybean

There are many benefits to no-till farming—erosion control, soil moisture conservation, and minimum fuel and labor costs just to name a few.

One negative consequence of no-till soybean production, however, is larger slug populations. If slugs feed when germination occurs, they can destroy the cotyledons and outright kill the soybean plant.

The latest “Focus on Soybean” webcast, authored by Ron Hammond, professor and Extension specialist at The Ohio State University and top expert on slug management, addresses this issue through his webcast titled “Slug Management on Soybean.”

This presentation was developed to help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the Midwest, Eastern, and Mid-Atlantic regions manage their slug problems in field crops when using no-till production practices.

In his talk, Hammond covers the biology of slugs and how it relates to grower practices, and he offers a solid integrated pest management approach to managing the problem.

By the end of this presentation, the practitioner will better understand slugs in field crops and how to manage them.

This 30-minute presentation is open access through July 31. Viewers also have the option to see a 5-minute executive summary version of this presentation in Flash or Quicktime formats. This shorter executive summary version is permanently open access courtesy of the United Soybean Board.

Other Focus on Soybean presentations can be viewed at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/fos.

Focus on Soybean is a publication of the Plant Management Network. The Plant Management Network (www.plantmanagementnetwork.org) is a nonprofit online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops. It achieves this mission through applied, science-based resources, like Focus on Soybean. PMN partners with the United Soybean Board, as well as more than 80 other organizations, which include universities, nonprofits, and agribusinesses.

Date: 5/13/2013



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