Database Research Summaries
2017 Monitor and Manage Soybean Insects

calendar_today Year of Research: 2017
update Posted On: 12/05/2019
group Kelly Tilmon (Principal Investigator, The Ohio State University)
bookmark Ohio Soybean Council

Research Focus

The focus of this project is to detect, monitor, and manage several key soybean pests and beneficial insects across Ohio.


  • Monitor the distribution of key soybean insects.
  • Develop the extension field guide: Stink Bugs of Ohio Soybean.
  • Identify and validate aphid virulence genes.
  • Map stinkbug resistance in a promising soybean line.


  1. Soybean fields have been identified to sample for stinkbugs. Aphid resistant soybean lines have been planted for screening in various locations in Ohio. Kudzu bugs have not been detected in any of our first-warning traps. In preliminary sampling through June stinkbugs or soybean aphids have not been found, though sampling in July and August will continue. For the pollinator survey project covering 8 farmer fields in 7 counties, there continues to be sorting and identifying of pollinator species.
  2. Stink Bugs of Ohio field guide: 3,000 hard copies of this field guide were printed in February 2018 and distributed to soybean farmers throughout Ohio via extension events and county Extension Educators. Copies for distribution were also supplied to the Ohio Soybean Council. A free online version is also available.
  3. We have developed a molecular marker assay with 54 markers and have generated data among soybean aphid biotypes.
  4. Plots have been planted and stinkbugs have been collected for later infestation.


  • It will provide soybean farmers with knowledge and management tools for key pest and beneficial insects in their soybeans.
  • This project will contribute to OSC’s priority area of Sustainability because we will document the diversity of pollinator species that derive resources from soybean and the role of soybean producers as good stewards of pollinators that benefit the whole food supply system.

For more information about this research project, please visit the National Soybean Checkoff Research Database.

Funded in part by the soybean checkoff.