–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth and Dr. Holly Schwarting
Received a report from north central Kansas about a small wheat field infested with ca. 20 aphids/tiller, but the aphids weren’t identified. All wheat fields we visited in the last week had aphids, including bird cherry-oat, English grain, and/or greenbugs. However, we were only finding about 1/10 plants or less and beneficials (lady beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasp activity) were present in all of these fields. Most wheat averaged Feekes 6-8 and no other pests really have been noted.