Several K-State Research and Extension publications related to insect management in Kansas were recently updated and are available to the public.
These publications were prepared to help producers manage insect populations with the best available methods proven practical under Kansas conditions. They are revised annually and intended for use during the current calendar year. The user should know that pesticide label directions and restrictions are subject to change, and some may have changed since the date of publication.
Full versions of each fact sheet are available online with links provided below.
Wheat Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF745.pdf
Alfalfa Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF809.pdf
Sorghum Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF742.pdf
Soybean Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF743.pdf
The economics of control should be considered in any pest management decision. Because costs vary greatly over time and are influenced by factors beyond the scope of this publication, product cost is not a consideration for including or omitting specific insecticide products in these recommendations. Growers should compare product price, safety, and availability when making treatment decisions.
Growers also need to consider the impacts of insecticides on non-target organisms like pollinators and natural enemies. Rotating insecticide groups can help combat insecticide resistance issues by leveraging different modes of action. The user bears ultimate responsibility for correct pesticide use. For proper use, always read label directions carefully before applying pesticides. Remember, it is illegal to use a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the label.
More information on pests covered in these publications is available at:
Jeff Whitworth, Extension Entomology Specialist
Brian McCornack, Entomologist