News from the Ag Insects Team

  1. Western Bean Cutworm: 2018 Trapping Summary

    Sep 4, 2018

    Authors: Amy Raudenbush, John Schoenhals, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, Amanda Bennett, JD Bethel, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Thomas Dehaas, Allen Gahler, Mike Gastier, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Rory Lewandowski, Cecelia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Mike Sunderman, Alan Sundermeier, Curtis  Young, Megan Zerrer, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel and Kelley Tilmon

  2. Western Bean Cutworm Video

    Apr 24, 2018

    A new entomology video discussing western bean cutworm (WBC) biology, scouting and management is now available to view. The WBC is an active pest of corn in Ohio, and with recent reports of resistant WBC to Cry1F hybrids, it is more important than ever to monitor for WBC populations. Monitoring in traps targets adult WBC from late June through September with the peak flight typically occurring in July.  By monitoring adult populations, we are able predict the peak flight and initiate scouting efforts for egg masses. For more information on WBC watch our video below!


  3. Ohio Soybean Pollinator Survey Update

    Apr 10, 2018

    When in the fields monitoring soybeans, we often see an array of bee species visiting soybean flowers. These bees can enhance yield even though soybeans are self-pollinating; but do we know what species are foraging Ohio soybean fields? And how far into soybean fields are bees foraging? To answer these questions, a survey was conducted during 2016 in eight Ohio soybean fields across the state.

  4. Dr. Tilmon is awarded Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension!

    Dec 14, 2017

    Dr. Kelley Tilmon was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension at the 2017 Entomological Society of America North Central Branch meeting in Indianapolis, IN. This award honors a member of NCB-ESA member for excellence in extension. Dr. Tilmon's focuses on field crop entomology with an emphasis on integrated pest management. In addition, Dr. Tilmon serves as the director of a multi-state project funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program which provides research and award-winning outreach for soybean producers in the region. Dr.

  5. Stink Bugs on Soybean in the North Central Region

    Dec 12, 2017

    A new field guide will be available to assist producers and scouts identify and monitor stink bugs on soybean in the North Central Region beginning in January 2018. This field guide was developed by Land Grant Universities, the USDA, and the Soybean Checkoff. Bound copies of the field guide will be available at the land grant univerisities and soybean checkoff associations within the North Central Region.

  6. Tilmon Lab Graduate Student, Adrian Pekarcik Receives NCR-SARE Grant!

    Oct 5, 2017

    Congratulations to Adrian Pekarcik for receiving an $11,995.00 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program! Adrian will be researching entomopathic nematode control of the asiatic garden beetle in corn. More information on Adrian's project is discussed below:  

  7. Stink Bug Quick ID Card

    Sep 28, 2017

    There are many species of stink bugs found across Ohio. Many of us are familiar with the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) because it is known to invade homes in the fall looking for a cozy place to overwinter; but did you know there are beneficial stink bug species? Check out our guide to some of the commonly encounted stink bugs in Ohio, both pests and beneficials!

  8. Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Summary

    Sep 28, 2017

    We had a successful year trapping and monitoring the western bean cutworm (WBC) in Ohio. We want to thank the extension educators for their time monitoring the traps, as well as the land owners for allowing us to place traps on their property. Overall, 24 counties in Ohio were monitored in 2017; an increase from 15 counties in 2016. A total of 84 traps were monitored weekly from June 23 through August 25, 2017. A total of 15,117 WBC were trapped over the duration of the monitoring period, with a grand average of 21 moths/trap (up from 16 moths/trap in 2016).