Author Archives: Robert Wright

About Robert Wright

Robert Wright is a Professor and Extension Entomologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. You can reach him by email at rwright2@unl.edu. Follow him on Twitter @BobWrightUNL

How can we save the pollinators?

Louise I. Lynch and Doug Golick, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Original article with photos at http://oxford.ly/2tsBiw1 An often-cited estimate is that one-third of the food you eat comes from insect pollinators. Many of the fruits and vegetables that … Continue reading

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Absinth Wormwood – New Invasive Species in Nebraska Panhandle

Gary Stone – Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension & Kristi Paul – Sheridan County Weed Superintendent, Nebraska Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive … Continue reading

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Identification Guide to Common Spiders in Nebraska

A new publication from Nebraska Extension, Identification Guide to Common Spiders in Nebraska, Extension Circular 1590, is designed to assist with identification of common spiders from 18 families that live in Nebraska as well as two common spider-like arthropods—harvestmen and … Continue reading

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Status of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska

Amit Jhala – Extension Weed Management Specialist There are 480 unique cases of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes globally in 252 weed species (147 dicots and 105 monocots). Weeds have evolved resistance to 23 of 26 known herbicide sites of action and … Continue reading

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Update on Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn in Nebraska

Feb. 23, 2017 http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/update-bacterial-leaf-streak-corn-nebraska Terra Hartman – Graduate Research Assistant Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas vasicola (syn. X. campestris pv. zeae). It was previously only reported on corn … Continue reading

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National Needs Fellowships in Integrated Pesticide Resistance Management

The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has three National Needs Fellowship openings for students entering the DPH program who are interested in focusing on stewarding pest management technologies to avoid negative interactions between management … Continue reading

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Comparing Generic Versus Name Brand Pesticides

Robert Klein – Nebraska Extension, Western Nebraska Crops Specialist Robert Tigner – Nebraska Extension,  Extension Educator (This article is part of Nebraska Extension’s Strengthening Nebraska’s Agricultural Economy series.) Over time, increasing numbers of generic pesticides have become available for use … Continue reading

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2017 Chart for Selection of Herbicides Based on Site of Action

Amit Jhala – Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist The 2017 Herbicide Classification chart detailing herbicide site- and modes-of-action was recently released. It was developed by the Take Action Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds industry program. Six weeds, including common ragweed, marestail, giant … Continue reading

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Western Bean Cutworm: Pest Status & IPM Options

A January 2017 USDA-NIFA Outreach Webcast hosted by the Plant Management Network. Watch Presentation (34 min 48 sec) for PC, Mac, and Mobile Devices | for iPhone Note: For the best viewing experience on your PC, please use Google Chrome. … Continue reading

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Introducing University of Nebraska Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist Justin McMechan

Justin McMechan started work August 16 as the new crop protection and cropping systems specialist for eastern Nebraska. As part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, his primary office is at the Agricultural Research and … Continue reading

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