Confronting Crop Challenges will be the focus of five meetings to be held in northeast Nebraska this December. Each offers updates on recent crop and pest issues in eastern Nebraska as well as pesticide applicator recertification training.
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.
Recommendations for scouting and managing soybean aphids, including why the 250-aphids-per-plant threshold is used. Two tools―an app and Excel worksheet―can help speed up scouting in the field and indicate when treatment is warranted.
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.
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.
Scouting is urged for Western bean cutworm in corn as moth flights are active and particularly heavy in south central Nebraska this week. This article includes trapping reports and recommendations for scouting and treatment.