Robert Wright - Extension Entomologist

Robert Wright

faculty
Work Entomology Hall (ENTO) 213
Lincoln NE 68583-0816
US
Work 402-472-2128 On campus, dial 2-2128

icon-academic-capEducation

  • BA, University of California, 1975
  • MS, University of Arizona, 1977
  • Ph D, North Carolina State University, 1981

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  • ENTO 888, MS Degree Project, Fall 2018

Faculty Bio
Twitter: @BobWrightUNL

Figure 1. Soybean plant showing signs of wilting from soybean gall midge infestation.
Figure 1. Soybean plant showing signs of wilting from soybean gall midge infestation. (Photo by Justin McMechan)

Soybean Gall Midge: New Counties Infested and Second Generation Adults Emerging

July 8, 2019
Since June 30, low levels of adult emergence have been observed from east-central and northeast Nebraska counties from last year’s soybean fields. On July 2 and July 4 adults were found emerging from this year's soybeans in east-central Nebraska.

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Green June beetle
Green June beetle

Help Identify Crop Insect Distribution in Nebraska

July 8, 2019
Have you seen these three insects in your fields? They are expanding their geographic range in Nebraska and we would like to identify where they can currently be found.

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Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem
Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem

Soybean Gall Midge Larvae Found in Soybean Plants

June 29, 2019
In Nebraska, soybean gall midge larval injury to soybean has been found in most areas where adult soybean gall midge activity occurred over the past two weeks It is unlikely foliar insecticides will affect this insect.

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Japanese beetle

Japanese Beetles Emerging; Scout Corn and Soybean Fields

June 27, 2019
Japanese beetle adults are beginning to emerge in eastern Nebraska corn and soybeans, as well as landscape trees and shrubs. They will continue to emerge for the next few weeks. This story includes a guide for estimating total defoliation from multiple insects to determine need for treatment in soybean.

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Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem
Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem

Soybean Gall Midge: Management Window Changing for Nebraska Growers

June 26, 2019
Soybean gall midge larvae found feeding within soybean plants in east central Nebraska mean foliar applications will likely no longer be effective. In northeast Nebraska, however, they may still be effective for a short time.

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Soybean Gall Midge Emergence Update in Nebraska

June 21, 2019
Soybean gall midge numbers continue to increase at a number of monitoring sites in the state.

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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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