Soybean Management Field Days Aug. 13-16 offer valuable, research-based information to help growers stay competitive in the global marketplace and increase profits while meeting the world's growing food and energy needs right here in Nebraska.
Crop condition improved slightly for corn and soybean, while crop progress continued to lag previous years in all categories for the week ending July 21. Wheat harvest was 33% complete, well behind the five-year average of 76%.
The wide range in corn and soybean planting dates in Nebraska this year may affect the distribution and behavior of pest insects both this year and next year. Be alert to a possible shift and scout regularly to identify problem fields.
A significant number of soybean gall midge adults have been collected from this year’s soybean fields in east-central and northeast Nebraska. Dead and dying plants have been observed near infested sites in both northeast and east central Nebraska.
Phytophthora root and stem rot in soybeans and bacterial leaf streak and common rust in corn were among the most common diseases reported in the last two weeks by the UNL Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic.
Earlier this week south-central and central Nebraska were hit by heavy rains leading to flooding. Now farmers are asking: How long will the crop survive in standing water and what does this mean for the rest of the growing season?
Treatment is not recommended for the painted lady butterfly currently being seen in high numbers and could endanger beneficial insects. Treatment thresholds offer guidance for treating feeding caterpillars.