Insect Management

The UNL Department of Entomology provides current, science-based information to meet the needs of clientele throughout the state and region. Our programs are directed at solving pressing insect pest problems and provide improved management recommendations, new insect pest management tools, and education for insect pest related issues.

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  • Northeast Research and Extension Center, Concord
  • West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte
Nebraska Guide to Insecticides for Field Crops

Excerpted from the most recent Nebraska Extension Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management, these insecticide tables cover alfalfa, corn, soybean, and wheat treatments. They are reviewed and updated annually. The full 300+ page guide is available at Nebraska Extension Publications.

Handy Bt Trait Table for US Corn Production

Most corn hybrids planted in the U.S. contain one or more transgenic traits for weed or insect management. The Handy Bt Trait Table, last updated in January 2018, lists trait names and details of trait package. materials, and bag tags.

Related Articles

Spider mite damage to soybean leaves.
Spider mite damage to soybean leaves.

Identifying Spider Mite Damage and the Species Responsible

July 22, 2020
We are starting to get more reports of spider mites damaging corn and soybeans in Nebraska. Because many other things can cause similar discoloration, it is important to check leaves closely to make sure mites are actually causing the damage.

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Figure 1. Twospotted spider mites on a leaf and in a web. Often spider mites may be almost imperceptible on a leaf, but before more visible against their silk-like webs. (Photos by Jim Kalisch)
Figure 1. Twospotted spider mites. Almost microscopic in size, the spider mites may be imperceptible on a leaf, but become more visible against its silk-like webs. (Photos by Jim Kalisch)

Managing Spider Mites in Corn and Soybean

July 22, 2020
Recommendations for managing spider mites in corn and soybean, including treatment thresholds, insecticides as well as discussions on the potential impact of beneficial insects, diseases, and insecticide applications.

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Western corn rootworm beetle

Scout Now for Corn Rootworm Beetles to Assess Potential Risk of Future Damage

July 16, 2020
Weekly scouting of adult rootworm beetles in July and August will provide the information needed to decide whether rootworm control is needed next year.

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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 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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