“We submitted a proposal to USB and were fortunate enough to receive funding,” Heitholt said.  The effort included looking at breeding lines from several programs, including lines developed by Glenn Buss at Virginia Tech that were derived from crosses involving Brazilian germplasm and elite Mid-Atlantic lines. 

Heitholt said the screening identified several promising soybean lines for the Mid-South. “After testing 35 lines in three states for three years, four lines proved to have high yield, less stink bug populations, and less seed damage,” he said.

Mo Way, Texas Extension entomologist in Beaumont, with funding from the Texas Soybean Board, “has been looking at stink bug control for years, both for tolerance and for sprays that would work.”  The 2007 survey clearly indicated that growers wanted new insecticides that were more effective on stink bug.  Heitholt also said Roger Leonard and Jeff Davis at the LSU Ag Center are working on the project and have provided excellent data where stink bug infestations have been high.