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Soybean Gall Midge Identified in Eight Additional Nebraska Counties

September 1, 2021
Soybean gall midge (SGM) injury and pressure varied considerably across its geographic range, with the largest concentration of injured soybean fields occurring in east-central Nebraska this season. To date, a total of 140 Midwestern counties have been identified as infested with SGM.

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Soybean Gall Midge Emergence at Several Sites in Nebraska

June 10, 2021
On June 8 and 9, several sites in east-central and northeast Nebraska recorded emergence of soybean gall midge adults. Growers should consider making field edge applications now.

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Light Trap Data Available Online

June 8, 2021
UNL Extension Entomology is monitoring crop insect pests (primarily moths) using black light traps at university facilities at North Platte, Clay Center, Mead and Concord.

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Wooly Bear
Photo credit; UNL Entomology

Woolly Bears in Late Maturing Soybean Fields

September 24, 2020
High numbers of woolly bear caterpillars are reported in some soybean fields in south central Nebraska. Pay particular attention to late maturing soybean fields. These act as a magnet for woolly bear caterpillars and many other insects.

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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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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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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 gall midge adult

First Emergence of Soybean Gall Midge in Cass County, Nebraska

June 11, 2020
On June 10th, 2020 three soybean gall midge adults were collected south of Louisville, Nebraska. This was the only site in the network with soybean gall midge adult activity.

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