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Posted 26 December 2010. PMN Crop News.

New Field Guide to Help Farmers Manage Insects

Source: Kansas State University Press Release.

Manhattan, Kansas (December 16, 2010)--Crop growers and consultants now have a new tool at their disposal for managing insects.


Crop Insects of Kansas is a field guide released this fall by Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Department of Entomology.

“It’s a good reference for integrated management of insect pests in all the major crops across Kansas,” said Jeff Whitworth, crop entomologist with K-State Research and Extension.

The guide contains full-color pictures and descriptions of both insect pests and beneficial insects at different stages of development. The field guide focuses on the identification and management of crop insects, but not on insecticide use since recommendations for insecticides change frequently. The insects are categorized by the crops they affect for easy reference.

Whitworth said the goal in creating this field guide was to modify the popular Insects in Kansas guide specifically for crop producers and consultants. He hopes this new field guide will be something they can keep in their truck for a quick and handy reference.

Copies of Crop Insects of Kansas cost $11.40 and can be previewed at local county extension offices. They can be ordered by going to or by e-mailing

Jeff Whitworth