Slugs pose a significant pest problem for growers of seedling grain crops—particularly corn and soybeans—in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The presence and activity of slugs are associated with practices that promote soil health: namely, no-till or conservation tillage and cover crops. Periods of cool, wet weather can lead to an otherwise healthy stand being severely impacted or lost.
This presentation will explore the biology of the two most common slug species and how we’re working to control them. We will discuss pesticides and their shortcomings for slug management, cultural control tactics, and new research currently underway.