Seedcorn maggot: Injury and damage

Seedcorn maggot injury: The seedcorn maggot, Delia platura, can cause injury to soybean seedlings and cause entry wounds for secondary pathogens.Seedcorn maggot injury: The seedcorn maggot, Delia platura, can cause injury to soybean seedlings and cause entry wounds for secondary pathogens.

Larvae feed on germinating seeds, which may damage the embryo and delay development of kill the plant. Damage is most likely in cold, wet springs. In bare spots, maggots can be found feeding on the seed. Greater crop residue and green manure applications may increases the likelihood of infestations.