Thomas Hunt - Extension Entomologist

Tom Hunt

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Soybeans with purple seed stain (left) and soybeans showing signs of seed decay due to Phomopsis disease complex. (Photo by Jenny Rees)
Figure 1. Soybeans with purple seed stain (left) and soybeans showing signs of seed decay due to Phomopsis disease complex. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Soybean Seed Germination Concerns February 13, 2019

Average germination rates of new crop soybean being tested by the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association are lower than in recent years. Growers are urged to check the germination rate for their soybean seed and adjust planting rate and use of fungicide treatments accordingly.

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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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Western bean cutworm in corn

The Biology and Management of Ear-Feeding Lepidopteran Pests of Corn in Nebraska January 9, 2019

A guide to Identification and management of European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis), western bean cutworm (Striacosta albicosta), corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), and fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda).

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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 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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Soybean gall midge adult

Soybean Gall Midge: Adult Stage Identified November 7, 2018

The adult of the soybean gall midge, a new pest in north central US soybean production, has now been verified, allowing growers to add a new photo to their "Most Wanted" list for spring scouting.

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Soybean plant infested with orange gall midge.
Figure 1. Soybean plant infested with orange gall midge.

Survey of Orange Gall Midge in Nebraska: A Potential Pest of Soybeans August 23, 2018

A relatively new insect in soybean, the orange gall midge has now been confirmed in 15 eastern Nebraska counties.Growers and consultants are invited to submit reports of orange gall midge in counties where it hasn't previously been identified.

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Soybean aphid

August Prime Time for Soybean Aphids August 2, 2018

Soybean aphid populations can explode in August under favorable conditions. Vigilant scouting is recommended, especially in northeast Nebraska where populations have historically been highest, to allow for timely management decisions.

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