Justin McMechan - Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

Justin McMechan Faculty Bio
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Graph showing the effects of four planting dates and two hybrids on plate internode length.

Planting Date Impact on Corn Growth and Ear Issues March 12, 2019

Do delayed planting dates affect plant growth (leaf height, stem diameter, and internode length) and ear formation issues in corn? See what this student researcher learned from trials conducted near Clay Center in summer 2018.

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Bar graph showing distribution of various ear abnormalities within the tested group.

Corn Growth and Development: What We Have Learned About Corn Development From Studying Ear Issues January 23, 2019

In an effort to better understand the causal agents of ear formation issues first seen in corn in 2016-2017, researchers laid out an experiment in 2018 to typify types of ear formation damage as well as possible factors contributing to damage.

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Map showing distribution of soybean gall midge

Soybean Gall Midge: An Emerging Pest of Soybeans January 9, 2019

Report on 2018 observations of the soybean gall midge and research on the effect of various management practices on damage and yield. This is an article in the Proceedings of the 2019 Crop Production Clinics.

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Corn earworm larva

What’s New in Entomology: West Central Nebraska January 9, 2019

A survey of ongoing, new, and potential insect pest threats to crop production in west central Nebraska. This article is from the 2019 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings.

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What’s New in Entomology: Eastern Nebraska January 9, 2019

An overview of what crop insect pests were leading threats in eastern Nebraska and where they were found. This article is from the Proceedings of the 2019 Crop Production Clinics.

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Soybean gall midge in stems
Figure 1. Soybean gall midges infesting soybean stems. (Photos by Justin McMechan)

Grower Input Sought at Dec. 20 Soybean Gall Midge Meeting December 12, 2018

Growers who dealt with soybean gall midge infestations in 2018 and those interested in learning more about this emerging soybean pest are invited to attend a roundtable discussion Dec. 20. Grower input can help share research efforts being planned for 2019.

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Attendees at the 2019 Fremont Corn Expo, like those shown here at the 2018 event, will learn the latest information on marketing, production and pest management in corn for east-central Nebraska.
Attendees at the 2019 Fremont Corn Expo, like those shown here at the 2018 event, will learn the latest information on marketing, production and pest management in corn for east-central Nebraska.

Fremont Corn Expo Jan. 3 December 10, 2018

Eastern Nebraska corn growers can sharpen their marketing, production, and pest management strategies at the 2019 Fremont Corn Expo January 3 in Fremont.

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Corn rootworm

Which Bt Traits Do You Need to Buy? November 15, 2018

When it comes to buying corn seed, one way to save money is to ensure you are not investing in GMO insect protection traits you do not need for your particular farm or field. This guide can help you determine which traits you need where.

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