If you noticed some areas of your soybean fields that didn't yield as well as expected, this fall would be a good time to soil test for soybean cyst nematode. In University of Nebraska research of SCN-infested fields, switching to an SCN-resistant variety increased yields as much as 6 bu/ac.
Nebraska soybean producers are being asked to answer a survey about their soybean fields and contribute to a benchmark study of current soybean production in Nebraska. Researchers from 10 north central states, including Nebraska, are collecting the data to identify factors that may be impeding growers from reaching full yield. See what they've learned in the first two years of the study and how they hope to use the information.
We are starting to see dead leaves caused by feeding of soybean stem borer larvae in south central Nebraska soybeans. No control measures are appropriate at this time, but monitor your fields and be aware that high populations of soybean stem borers may predispose the field to lodging and make harvest difficult.
Recommendations for managing spider mites in corn and soybean, including treatment thresholds and insecticides, as well as discussions on the potential impact of beneficial insects, diseases and insecticide applications.