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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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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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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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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Painted Lady caterpillar

It Pays To Scout: A Tale of Three Soybean Fields

July 29, 2019
These three on-farm examples show the importance of scouting individual soybean fields to assess damage, insect growth stage, and the potential need for treating thistle caterpillars.

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Counties documented as infested in 2018 (red) and 2019 (orange).
Figure 2. Counties documented as infested in 2018 (red) and 2019 (orange).

Soybean Gall Midge Adults Emerge from this Year’s Soybean Fields

July 17, 2019
A significant number of soybean gall midge adults have been collected from this year’s soybean fields in east-central and northeast Nebraska. Dead and dying plants have been observed near infested sites in both northeast and east central Nebraska.

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Painted lady butterfly
Figure 1. Painted lady butterly (Photo by Jim Kalisch)

Painted Lady Butterflies Are Abundant In Many Areas—What Now?

July 10, 2019
Treatment is not recommended for the painted lady butterfly currently being seen in high numbers and could endanger beneficial insects. Treatment thresholds offer guidance for treating feeding caterpillars.

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