Crop growers and consultants now have a new tool at their disposal to use in managing insects.

“Crop Insects of Kansas” is a field guide released 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 change frequently. For easy reference, the insects are categorized by the crops they affect.

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. You can order here or   or by e-mailing


Source: Kansas State University