Sun rising behind soybean seedling in springSoybean gall midge appeared in Nebraska 10 days earlier than usual according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Crop Protection and Cropping System Specialist Justin McMechan. It was first discovered in the Northwestern counties of Missouri in 2019. Since then, researchers have confirmed soybean gall midge in 164 counties in seven states.

McMechan shares that yield losses can range from 17% to 31% and plant death can occur at 21 days in high-pressure areas. Early-planted soybeans experience a higher risk.

Growers are encouraged to scout for the pest when the plants reach the V2 growth stage. Look for dark discoloration at the base of the stem. Peel back the darkened tissue and look for white or orange larvae.

Read more about the spread of soybean gall midge and what to do if you find it here.