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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Painted lady caterpillar

Northeast Nebraska Insect Pest Update

January 8, 2018
Part of the 2018 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings, this article reviews insects to expect in northeast Nebraska crops and links to resources on management.

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Painted lady butterfly and caterpillar

Large Populations of Painted Lady Butterflies

January 8, 2018
In 2017 large populations of painted lady butterflies were seen across the state, raising concerns about whether the larvae form (thistle caterpillars) of this insect would cause damage to soybean fields. An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics.

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Wheat stem maggot

Insects in Cover Crops

January 8, 2018
An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics on how integration of cover crops in cropping systems will alter pest and beneficial insect activity.

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Map of Japanese beetle distribution in Nebraska in 2016
Figure 1. Japanese beetle distribution in Nebraska in 2016.

Japanese Beetle in Corn and Soybeans

January 8, 2018
An article from the 2018 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings on distribution, scouting and damage from Japanese beetles in Nebraska corn and soybean.

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Fall armyworm
Fall armyworm

Which Bt Traits Do You Need to Purchase?

October 12, 2017
When it comes to buying corn seed, avoid investing in GMO insect protection you don't need. This guide looks at available traits and which proteins are effective on which pest species to help growers select the product best suited to their fields.

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Fall armyworm and corn earworm on non-Bt corn.

Researching What Could be Tomorrow's Problem Corn Ear Pest

September 13, 2017
Nebraska and Brazilian entomology researchers have joined to study current and expected corn insect pests and how management strategies can be changed to address population shifts.

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Soybean aphid

Although at Low Levels, Soybean Aphids Are in Northeast Nebraska

July 17, 2017
Soybean aphids are at low numbers in northeast, but these populations could quickly explode when temperatures drop. Farmers are encouraged to scout their fields and be prepared to treat if numbers reach the threshold.

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aphid speed scouting app

Soybean Aphid Scouting and Management

July 17, 2017
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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