Scout for Wheat Midge Hot Spots, from NDSU
According to soil samples from North Dakota done by NDSU Extension Service, 21 percent of soil is at moderate to high risk of wheat midge infestation. The wheat midge population has gone up four times within the last year. “The increase in wheat midge populations may be attributed to the increase in soil moisture during spring into June, which favors wheat midge development,” Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist said. Knodel says the best way to prevent the infestations is to field scout. “It plays an important role in keeping wheat midge controlled naturally during most years,” Knodel says.