Thomas Hunt - Extension Entomologist

Tom Hunt

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57905 866 Rd Concord NE 68728-2828
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Work 402-584-3863 On campus, dial 7-3863

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western bean cutworm moth

Scouting and Treatment Recommendations for Western Bean Cutworm

July 15, 2021
The first western bean cutworm moths were captured in University of Nebraska-Lincoln black light traps on June 25-27 at Clay Center, June 26-27 at North Platte, and July 1 at Scottsbluff.

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Soybean gall midge-injured field

Soybean Gall Midge Emergence at Several Sites in Nebraska

June 10, 2021
On June 8 and 9, several sites in east-central and northeast Nebraska recorded emergence of soybean gall midge adults. Growers should consider making field edge applications now.

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Aphid mummies on leaf
Figure 1. Aphid mummies in south central Nebraska alfalfa field. (Photo by Andrew Cantrell)

What is This Insect?

April 14, 2021
A very common sight in Nebraska, aphid mummies are a small but important insect for local crops. Find out what they are and why they matter. 

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Seed corn maggots
Figure 1. Seed corn maggots. (Photo by Jim Kalisch)

Avoiding Injury from Seed Corn Maggot

April 7, 2021
For producers concerned about seed corn maggot, these recommendations could help reduce injury in soybean fields this year. 

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Soybean aphid

Although at Low Levels, Soybean Aphids Are in Northeast Nebraska

July 15, 2020
The infestations appear to have occurred recently, as the aphids were only observed on leaves that had not yet expanded completely. The economic threshold for late vegetative through R5 stage soybeans is 250 aphids per plant with 80% of the plants infested and populations increasing.

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aphid speed scouting app

Soybean Aphid Scouting and Management

July 15, 2020
The current economic threshold for soybean aphids is 250 aphids per plant with 80% of the plant infested and populations increasing. The article discusses the basis for this threshold and two scouting methods, including a speed scouting app, and management guidelines.

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soybean gall midge larva

2020 Soybean Gall Midge Alert Network

May 20, 2020
In 2019, an alert network was established to monitor soybean gall midge adult emergence using cages across 27 sites in four states. Growers and consultants can sign up to receive emergence information alerts to aid in the timing of insecticide applications.

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Five-state map showing counties with confirmed infestations of soybean gall midge

Mid-Season Update on Soybean Gall Midge

August 7, 2019
Soybean gall midge infestations have been confirmed in six new Nebraska counties since 2018.Treatment is not recommended at this time, but scouting and reporting infestations will continue to be important to plan for management next year.

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