stink bugs

Asked August 22, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

Stink bugs are distroying my popcorn. They are eating the husk off the top of the ears.

Lancaster County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hi:
I don't work much with edible crops, but will try to help you. If you aren't familiar with the stink bug's biology, check out this link:
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug-as-a-pest-of-corn-and-soybeans

The synthetic pyrethroids, which are a class of chemical active ingredients, provide some control of stink bugs. However, I don't know which ones are labeled for use on corn. This link is for the commercial production of corn:
http://extension.psu.edu/plants/vegetable-fruit/production-guides/comercial-vegetable-guide/pennsylv...