Insect Management

Map of counties reporting the sugarcane aphid
Figure 1. US counties where the sugarcane aphid has been confirmed. (Source: https://www.myFields.info)

Sugarcane Aphid in Nebraska

September 28, 2017
The sugarcane aphid has been detected in a Nebraska grain sorghum field near Pawnee City, according to the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. This is the first time this pest has been reported on Nebraska sorghum.

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Figure 1. Counties with confirmed sugarcane aphids. Sorghum growers in southeast Nebraska are encouraged to scout for this pest.
Figure 1. Counties with confirmed sugarcane aphids. Sorghum growers in southeast Nebraska are encouraged to scout for this pest. (Source: http://www.myfields.info)
Painted lady butterfly by Jim Kalisch

Large Populations of Painted Lady Butterflies

August 8, 2017
Reports of painted lady butterflys have been numerous in rural areas, including in soybeans, causing growers to ask if there's likely to be an increase in their soybean leaf-eating caterpillars. Entomologists discuss this question and the insect's life cycle, and offer a "how-to" on estimating leaf defoliation.

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Guide to estimating soybean leaf defoliation

Estimating Soybean Leaf Defoliation

July 26, 2017
Growers are reporting finding painted lady caterpillars and silver spotted skipper caterpillars in soybeans. This guide can help estimate leaf defoliation in soybean, key to determining whether treatment is necessary.

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western bean cutworm eggs and larvae

Scouting and Treatment Recommendations for Western Bean Cutworm

July 11, 2017
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.

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Damage to corn leaf by western corn rootworm
Figure 1. Damage to corn leaf caused by western corn rootworn. (Photo by Robert Wright)

Time to Scout for Western Corn Rootworm Beetles

June 29, 2017
Western corn rootworm beetles began emerging in southeast and south central Nebraska this week. Before corn silks emerge, they're apt to feed by scraping the surface tissue, leaving a white parchment-like appearance.

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Mosquito on skin
Figure 1. Manage mosquitoes to protect your health.

Manage Standing Water to Reduce Mosquito Disease Threat

June 23, 2017
Managing the potential for mosquito breeding and populations on your farm can help protect you and your family from a number of diseases, including West Nile Virus. An entomologist offers information on mosquitoes and recommendations for reducing your risk.

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Insects Causing Problems for Alfalfa

June 22, 2017
If you’re seeing slow regrowth or weak alfalfa seedlings, it's time to get in the field and scout for the cause, most likely insects at this time of year. Nebraska growers have been reporting all kinds of insects causing problems.

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