Many of you may recall the devastating outbreak of Fall armyworms in Nebraska decades ago. Well, put your tray tables on the upright and locked position and fasten your seat belts! Egg masses (40 in one yard) have been found in Lincoln and moths are flying abundantly in Omaha. Feeding should begin in the next couple of days and continue for several weeks or longer. They feed on ryegrass, fescue, bentgrass, and bluegrass. They normally are isolated to the southeastern region of the US and move north in storms. The abundance of weather events has brought them to Nebraska.
Roch Gaussoin, Extension Turfgrass Specialist