Justin McMechan - Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

Figure 1. Male soybean gall midge (left) and female soybean gall midge (right). Female has a point abdomen due to its ovipositor whereas males have a clasping organ at the end of the abdomen. Males are of no threat to this year’s soybean crop.
Figure 1. Male soybean gall midge (left) and female soybean gall midge (right). Female has a point abdomen due to its ovipositor whereas males have a clasping organ at the end of the abdomen. Males are of no threat to this year’s soybean crop.

Soybean Gall Midge Emergence Continues in Nebraska

June 18, 2019
Emergence of soybean gall midge continues to increase in eastern Nebraska. Traps are being monitored daily and will be reported to allow growers to plan insecticide application for highest efficacy. (June 18, 2019)

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Soybean gall midge adult

Emergence of Soybean Gall Midge in Southern Cass County, NE

June 15, 2019
Soybean gall midge adults were collected June 14 and 15 in Cass County, but have not yet been found elsewhere in Nebraska traps. This article addresses when and where treatment is warranted. (June 15, 2019)

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Wireworms

Scout Emerging Corn for Insects; Don’t Assume Protection

May 22, 2019
As corn begins to emerge, be alert to the potential for damage from early season insects such as cutworms, wireworms, white grubs, or other insects.

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Photos illustrating two points in rating system used to evaluate freeze damage to seedling corn. These show corn recovery from frost at V1-V2 growth stage in 2014 near Craig
Figure 1. Photos illustrating two points in rating system used to evaluate freeze damage to seedling corn. These show corn recovery from frost at V1-V2 growth stage in 2014 near Craig. (Photo by Roger Elmore)

Frozen, Emerged Corn?

May 10, 2019
Temperatures in some fields early Friday morning may have caused some to remember 2017 conditions and wonder about possible frost damage to corn seedlings. Here's how this year is different.

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Soybean gall midge traps

Alerts Available for Tracking Soybean Gall Midge

May 9, 2019
A new alert system will notify growers when emerging soybean gall midges are captured in field traps in counties where there was damage in 2018.

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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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