Julie Peterson - Extension Entomologist

Julie Peterson

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402 W State Farm Rd North Platte NE 69101-7751
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Spider mite damage to soybean leaves.
Spider mite damage to soybean leaves.

Identifying Spider Mite Damage and the Species Responsible

July 22, 2020
We are starting to get more reports of spider mites damaging corn and soybeans in Nebraska. Because many other things can cause similar discoloration, it is important to check leaves closely to make sure mites are actually causing the damage.

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Figure 1. Twospotted spider mites on a leaf and in a web. Often spider mites may be almost imperceptible on a leaf, but before more visible against their silk-like webs. (Photos by Jim Kalisch)
Figure 1. Twospotted spider mites. Almost microscopic in size, the spider mites may be imperceptible on a leaf, but become more visible against its silk-like webs. (Photos by Jim Kalisch)

Managing Spider Mites in Corn and Soybean

July 22, 2020
Recommendations for managing spider mites in corn and soybean, including treatment thresholds, insecticides as well as discussions on the potential impact of beneficial insects, diseases, and insecticide applications.

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Western corn rootworm beetle

Scout Now for Corn Rootworm Beetles to Assess Potential Risk of Future Damage

July 16, 2020
Weekly scouting of adult rootworm beetles in July and August will provide the information needed to decide whether rootworm control is needed next year.

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western bean cutworm moth

Scouting and Treatment Recommendations for Western Bean Cutworm

July 8, 2020
The first western bean cutworm moths were captured in University of Nebraska-Lincoln black light traps June 23 at North Platte, June 26 at Clay Center, and July 7 at Scottsbluff.

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western bean cutworm larvae

Western Bean Cutworm Flight Predictions for 2020

June 17, 2020
The growth stage of corn during WBC flight is critical as moths prefer to lay their eggs on corn plants between the late whorl to early tassel stage. Survival of young WBC larvae is highest if they can feed on newly emerged tassel prior to moving into the ears.

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army cutworm miller moths

Spring Miller Moth Invasion

May 26, 2020
During the daylight hours the army cutworm moths seek shelter in cracks and crevices including those found in houses and other buildings. The moths begin to emerge from these locations at dusk to resume their feeding and westward migration.

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alfalfa weevil lifestages

Scouting Advised for Alfalfa Weevil

May 6, 2020
Alfalfa weevils have been reported damaging alfalfa in north central Kansas. As temperatures warm up, expect to see alfalfa weevil larvae in southern Nebraska and slightly later, in northern Nebraska.

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army cutworm caterpillar

Army Cutworm Scouting Urged in Western Nebraska Wheat and Alfalfa

March 27, 2020
Army cutworms have been spotted in Kansas and Nebraska crop fields this month. This is an important time to scout for this pest, particularly in wheat and alfalfa.

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