Wheat stem maggots were an issue for some eastern and southern Nebraska farmers planting corn directly into a growing cover crop, leading to questions about how to best manage this scenario in 2018. Learn why entomologists don't recommend adding an insecticide to the herbicide when terminating the cover crop.
A noon-hour webinar on March 14 will explore the issue of wheat stem maggot damage in corn planted directly into wheat or rye cover crops in 2017. Learn more about what happened and how to plan for 2018.
Topics at the 2018 Farming Evolution program Feb. 13-14 in Colorado will include no-till, cover crops, grazing livestock on cropland, and the importance of biodiversity in pest management as part of a whole-farm/whole-ranch plan.
The 2018 Guide for Weed, Disease, and Insect Management in Nebraska is now available in print or as a download. The 332-page guide offers a single, comprehensive resource based on Nebraska research and conditions.
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.
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.