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

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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Understanding the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybean weed management system

Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist The evolution of glyphosate-resistant weeds is a concern for successful corn and soybean production. In Nebraska six weed species have been confirmed resistant to glyphosate: common ragweed, giant ragweed, common waterhemp, kochia, marestail, … Continue reading

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UNL weed scientist Amit Jhala receives Young Scientist Award

Dr. Amit Jhala, University of Nebraska assistant professor and Extension weed management specialist, has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award from the North Central Weed Science Society of America. This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by … Continue reading

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Nebraska perspective on efficacy of Cry1F Bt corn against Western Bean Cutworm shared

Julie Peterson – University of Nebraska Extension Entomologist This month a group of six extension entomologists from Michigan State University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, and Pennsylvania State University published an open letter to the seed industry … Continue reading

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Winter pesticide storage advice shared

Cheryl Alberts – University of Nebraska Pesticide Safety Education Program Project Coordinator What, if anything, should be done with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides left over from the summer growing season? If pesticides freeze, will they still be good next year? … Continue reading

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Insect enthusiasts explore passion at BugMasters training

Photo right: UNL Extension educator Jonathan Larson instructs a group of BugMasters volunteers during a training session held in late July. Pam Galus, a retired science teacher from Omaha, has always been fascinated by how amazingly intricate insects can be. … Continue reading

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Cleaning pesticide application equipment

Clyde Ogg – University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Pesticide Safety Extension Educator Cleaning pesticide spray equipment between crops or after use for the year means exercising precautions. These precautions include using more personal protective equipment (PPE) than when spraying, and possibly … Continue reading

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Just the facts: A review of the biology and economics behind soybean aphid insecticide recommendations

University of Minnesota: Bruce Potter, Robert Koch & Phil Glogoza Iowa State University: Erin Hodgson Purdue University: Christian Krupke Penn State University: John Tooker Michigan State University: Chris DiFonzo Ohio State University: Andrew Michel & Kelley Tilmon North Dakota State … Continue reading

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Rollins Emerson was early dry bean researcher in Nebraska

Bob Harveson – University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension Plant Pathologist & Carlos Urrea – University of Nebraska – Lincoln Dry Bean Breeder The world renowned geneticist, Rollins Emerson, should be recognized as the catalyst for beginning the dry bean … Continue reading

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Gregor Mendel and his peas – the origin of modern genetics

Bob Harveson – University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension Plant Pathologist This is part of a series celebrating the International Year of Pulses. Peas have been cultivated for thousands of years and archeological evidence suggests they were a regular companion … Continue reading

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