Wheat stem sawfly webcast

Panhandle Center Entomologist's webcast covers wheat pest life cycle, management

A webcast about the wheat stem sawfly and its management by Dr. Jeff Bradshaw, Extension Entomologist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, is available for viewing anytime at the Plant Management Network website.

“Wheat Stem Sawfly in Wheat”, a USDA-NIFA Outreach Webcast, can be viewed at this address:


The 27-minute presentation can be viewed in two formats, one for PC, Mac, and mobile devices and another for iPhone.

The presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners throughout the High Plains understand more about the wheat stem sawfly and its management. The wheat stem sawfly is one of the most important pests of wheat in the central and northern High Plains of North America.

In the presentation, practitioners will learn about:

  • The wheat stem sawfly lifecycle,
  • The relation of the sawfly lifecycle to wheat growth stages,
  • The sawfly’s growing geographic range (and history of its development as a pest in winter wheat in western Nebraska),
  • Damage caused by the pest,
  • Which control tactics are currently recommended for its management.

Bradshaw’s presentation is part of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) Crop Protection and Management Collection at plantmanagementnetwork.org. The Plant Management Network (PMN) is a nonprofit online publishing effort whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops.

PMN publishes applied, multidisciplinary online resources for researchers, consultants, growers, pesticide applicators, and other professionals involved in the management of large and small crops. The organization’s resources and efforts are supported by partnering organizations, including universities, companies, and nonprofit scientific societies.

Bradshaw can be contacted at 308-632-1369, email: jbradshaw2@unl.edu