Gall midge is a relatively new soybean pest, and reports in the northern Cornbelt indicate early infestations, especially along border rows. Adult midges are small (2-3 mm in length) and have long antennae and hairy wings.
Many growers are experiencing conditions ripe for slug damage.
Last fall’s wet harvest conditions exposed the soybean seed crop to two key diseases. Phomopsis seed decay (diaporthe longicolla) attacks soybean seeds that are shriveled or have a cracked seed coat, often appearing as a chalky white covering on the seed.