Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Catchot, Angus L., Jr.

Committee Member

Harris, Jeffrey W.

Committee Member

Cook, Donald R.

Committee Member

Gore, Jeffrey

Committee Member

Krishnan, Natraj

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agricultural Life Sciences (Entomology)

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology


Experiments were conducted to determine the effects of cultural practices such as irrigation, planting date, and maturity group on soybean nectar production. Multiple interactions between different factors influences the amount of total sugar present in soybean flowers. Pod production was increased in later planted soybean, but later planting resulted in reduction in yield. Another study was conducted to explore the effects that variety selection had on soybean nectar production. Soybean nectar production was highly variable among varieties and was influenced further depending on their growing location. Later maturing varieties produced significantly more soybean pods. This increase in pod production was not reflected in yield, as the later maturing varieties usually yielded less.