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Green canola plants infested with false chinch bugs with dying leaves.

False Chinch Bugs Are Active in Canola

We have received reports of false chinch bug populations in canola this week. Heavily infested canola fields will sometimes appear drought stressed, but closer inspection reveals that false chinch bugs are the culprits for the wilting plants.

A woman applying bug spray to a teenager's arm.

How to Avoid Being Dinner: Preventing Tick and Mosquito Bites

Summer is here, and so are the opportunities to enjoy the long days and warm weather. Ticks and mosquitoes share the outdoors with us, and there are things you can do to prevent bites from both.

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Aug 06

Pest and Crop Q&A Webinar

SDSU Extension will host a Pest & Crop Q&A Webinar on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at noon CDT /11 a.m. MDT.

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Jul 30

Pest and Crop Q&A Webinar

Join us Thursday, July 30, 2020 at noon CDT /11 a.m. MDT for this week's Q & A Session.

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Jul 23

Pest and Crop Q&A Webinar

Join us Thursday, July 23, 2020 at noon CDT /11 a.m. MDT for this week's Q & A Session.

Sunny field with large puffy clouds and blue sky
Jul 16

Pest and Crop Q&A Webinar

Join us Thursday, July 16, 2020 at noon CDT /11 a.m. MDT for this week's Q & A Session.

Dark colored caterpillar feeding on wheat head.

Scout for True Armyworms in Oats and Wheat

During most years, we start worrying about true armyworm activity in wheat fields in mid-July. However, the strong southerly winds that we experienced during the last two weeks pushed several insect pests north ahead of their normal schedule

Brown caterpillar with tan head capsule and 3, light-tan stripes running along its back.

Monitor Lawns and Gardens for Bronzed Cutworm Activity

Bronzed cutworms can be an issue for lawns and gardens in South Dakota. In grass, bronzed cutworms will feed and leave small brown circular patches. Large populations of bronzed cutworm can result in severe lawn injury.

Small black beetles feeding on a green leaf.

Flea Beetles in the Garden

Flea beetles have been out in full force so far this year. This group of herbivorous beetles can be a pest of many different garden plants, including tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, lettuce and others.

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Soybean Gall Midge Adults Emerging in South Dakota

Over the weekend, a SDSU Extension collaborator reported that soybean gall midge adults had been captured in Southeastern South Dakota. These are the first adults that have been observed in South Dakota in 2020.