Pest Management

Fall armyworm caterpillar

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing for Interseeding, Controlling Thistles and Fall Armyworms

September 27, 2022
Following last year's atypical infestation of fall armyworm caterpillars, extension educators urge preparedness in the event of a reoccurrence this fall. Plus — why overgrazing is a good strategy prior to interseeding legumes.

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Hay

Pasture and Forage Minute: Monitoring Hay Quality and Pests, Early Cornstalk Harvest

September 21, 2022
Extension educators cover the variables involved in testing hay quality and what pests may sneak in with your imported hay — plus, why harvesting some corn a little early might be a good strategy for grazing this year.

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Droughty soybeans
Grazing and ensiling may be the easiest ways for growers to handle drought-stressed soybeans this year.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Salvaging Drought-stressed Soybeans as Forages, Grasshopper Control

August 30, 2022
Nebraska Extension educators review forage considerations for growers faced with droughty soybeans, tips on measuring stands and assessing alfalfa field health, and thresholds where grasshopper control may be warranted.

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Grasshopper in pasture
With grasshopper populations flourishing in dry conditions statewide, the reduced agent/area treatment can be an effective control technique for pastures and rangeland.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Harvesting Drought-stressed Corn and Milo, Controlling Grasshoppers

August 2, 2022
Considerations for harvesting drought-stressed corn or milo, grasshopper control in pastures and rangeland, and taking inventory of fall/winter feed and hay.

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Potato leafhopper

Watch for Aphids and Potato Leafhoppers in Nebraska Alfalfa

June 22, 2022
Growers should begin scouting for potato leafhoppers and alfalfa aphids, as these pests have been spotted in Nebraska alfalfa fields prior to first cutting.

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Russian wheat aphids
Figure 1. Russian wheat aphids on a flag leaf of wheat.

Scout Your Wheat for Russian Wheat Aphids

May 24, 2022
Nebraska producers should begin scouting for Russian wheat aphids, as signs of this crop pest have begun appearing in Panhandle wheat plots and ongoing cool temperatures will support population growth. 

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Grasshopper

Continued Good News for Grasshopper Risk on Rangeland

February 10, 2022
Based on fall adult surveys conducted by USDA-APHIS, the risk of grasshopper infestation in Nebraska rangelands will be low in 2022, with slightly higher risk in southwestern Nebraska.

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Soybean gall midge-injured field

New Midwest Soybean Gall Midge Webinar Series in February

January 18, 2022
The new webinar series will offer the latest information and data on soybean gall midge distribution in the Midwest, scouting tips, insecticide applications and potential strategies that may assist growers in developing long-term pest management.

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