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A major concern in Nebraska is the weed Palmer amaranth. While I have not seen major infestations of it in the area, I know there are some fields where it is increasing and spreading in southeast Nebraska. Earlier this week I was in a corn field with some Palmer amaranth that had recently been sprayed. While it appeared to be dying, it was still alive and may continue to grow and produce seed.
The 2022 Nebraska Custom Rates Report is now available on the Center for Agricultural Profitability’s website, at https://cap.unl.edu/customrates. The biennial publication reports on survey data gathered on custom operations and services in Nebraska, providing updated market rates and information for custom work providers and their potential customers.
With some crops being replanted in areas where there was hail damage, newly seeded crops are just coming up and susceptible to insect damage. As we move through the summer, older soybeans are also susceptible to insect pests. It is just important to scout fields periodically to monitor new infestations of pests. Also, CropWatch, https://cropwatch.unl.edu/ is a good resource for information on current crop conditions in Nebraska.
Children grow up so quickly and each stage in their life should be joyful. As children transition into their toddler years, they show significant development in language and mobility, which enables toddlers to become more independent. It’s important that parents and caregivers in the child’s life respond appropriately to their toddler’s pursuit of autonomy, because it will determine how they grow and deal with future life events.

This year there are a number of different insects showing up in the area, and I am sure by the end of the summer we can expect many more. A few years ago we had high numbers of the Painted Lady Butterfly; and had thistle caterpillars in soybean fields causing some damage. This is the larval stage of the Painted Lady Caterpillars. Several years ago we had the silver spotted skipper butterfly and larvae that caused some damage to soybean fields.

While we have had an ongoing battle with bagworms for several years and have reduced their numbers significantly in southeast Nebraska, there are still bagworm infestations in some areas. In previous years, the larvae emerged over several weeks during the summer. With the very late spring and cool temperatures, it is difficult to predict when bagworm larvae may emerge. They may be later this year.

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