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Shake Cloth Procedure


Soybean insects can be detected by shaking the soybean plants over a cloth placed in the row middle.
  • Place a white or light colored cloth on the ground between rows. Kneeling at the edge of the cloth, reach on the outside of one of the rows, and bend about 24 inches of row over the cloth.

  • Shake the soybean foliage vigorously for several seconds to knock insects onto the shake cloth.

  • Repeat the same procedure on the other row.

  • Quickly count and record the number of insects that fell from the plants.
using the shakecloth method
Having shaken the plants on each side of the cloth, you have sampled four feet of row.


This site was created and is maintained by Pat Dillon, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, S-225 Agricultural Science Ctr North, Lexington, KY USA  40546-0091 (phone: 859/257-3571). Please send questions or suggestions to: pdillon@uky.edu