Kansas State University


Extension Entomology

Tag: common

Sorghum Update

–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth and Dr. Holly Schwarting

Chinch bugs are really common in sorghum fields throughout north central Kansas.  Their feeding will weaken stalks if dry conditions are prevalent.

Green lacewing eggs were present, indicating the presence of future beneficials to help with control of potential future aphid populations.

lacewing egg

chinch bug nymps2

Corn Update

–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth and Dr. Holly Schwarting

Lady beetles are unusually common in corn fields right now.  Most corn plants in north central Kanas are from V2-V6.  Checking corn rootworm plots revealed western corn rootworm larvae of various sizes and thus they are starting to feed enough to cause a little root damage.

CRW larvae

CRW larvae_sizes

CRW larva on root

CRW root damage

Seems like, despite the recent cooler, wetter conditions, the rootworm development is about where it usually is at this time.  Most western corn rootworms have completed the larval stage by the 1st of July, thus root damage will be completed later this month as the larvae begin to pupate in south central and north central Kansas.