Growers who dealt with soybean gall midge infestations in 2018 and those interested in learning more about this emerging soybean pest are invited to attend a roundtable discussion Dec. 20. Grower input can help share research efforts being planned for 2019.
A relatively new insect in soybean, the orange gall midge has now been confirmed in 15 eastern Nebraska counties.Growers and consultants are invited to submit reports of orange gall midge in counties where it hasn't previously been identified.
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.
Defoliation injury is being reported in soybeans and often can look worse than it is. This illustrated guide to assessing injury can help you get reliable scouting numbers on which to base sound treatment decisions.
Japanese beetles are emerging in eastern Nebraska and will continue to emerge for the next couple of weeks. As numbers will be highest in field margins, growers are advised to scout across the whole field before determining the need for treatment.