(S6:E8) Aphids and green cloverworms show up

Matt is on vacation, but the show must go on! Erin talks about recent soybean pest activity in Iowa, including the beginning of soybean aphid sightings in northern counties. Also, some are seeing green cloverworm starting to defoliate plants. Both are at sub-economic levels but continue to scout to make timely treatment decisions in 2015.

(S6:E7) Apres le deluge, moi (and by moi, I mean the soybean aphid podcast)

“Apres moi, le deluge” is legendary quote from King Louis XV of France. Allegedly he said this with regard to what would happen to France after his death; After me, the flood. 15 years after a reign that saw the loss of wars, territory etc., the French Revolution broke out.

Today on the soybean aphid podcast, we turn this title around (after the rains, us) to discuss the consequences of the June rains that have dropped as much as 6 inches in a 72 hour period. Unlike the terrible decisions of King Louis, these rains can have a benefit to farms by limiting the impact of some pests, especially those in the soil. However, the rains have made it difficult to get into fields for herbicide applications.

We discuss the rain, its impact on pests, and the upcoming Pollinator Festival at Rieman Gardens in Ames this Saturday June, 20.

Also, help us come up with a new name for out podcast. Send your suggestions to Matt at oneal at iastate.edu and/or Erin at ewh at iastate.edu.

(S6:E6) Armyworms: not just a corn pest

Today, Matt and Erin recap current soybean planting progress in Iowa. They also talk about recent armyworm activity in soybean and considerations for management. Finally, the podcast wraps up with a quick summary of a symposium organized for neonicotinoid seed treatments in field crops from last week.

(S6:E5) Live from the Lil' Apple! Part 2

This record-breaking podcast is the second of the day for Erin and Matt. We interview Dr. Jen White from the University of Kentucky to better understand how endosymbionts interact and influence insects, and ultimately how it can help with pest management.

(S6:E4) Live from the Lil' Apple! Part 1

In this episode, Matt and Erin podcast from Manhattan, KS to share highlights from the NCB-ESA meeting. We talk with Alice Vossbrinck, OSU graduate student, about her lady beetle study in the agricultural landscape. To learn more about research in the Gardiner lab, go here: http://ale.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/. Find out more about the Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz here: http://bit.ly/1RHI72I.

(S6:E3) True armyworms attack rye cover crops

Today, Matt and Erin invite grad student, Mike Dunbar, to share his recent experience of true armyworm in a cornfield with a rye cover crop. Read more about true armyworms here: http://bit.ly/1QawkYf. Also, we have a brief discussion on slug management. Read more about slugs here: http://bit.ly/1HcZTUi.

(S6:E2) Spring pest update and pollinator fest

Today, Matt and Erin talk about potential soybean seedling pests, including bean leaf beetle, slugs and black cutworm. They also shared some details about Pollinator Fest, a special event to promote pollinators on June 20. Find out more here: http://www.reimangardens.com/event/pollinator-fest/.

(S6:E1) We are bringing back the podcast!

Matt and Erin kick off the 2015 growing season with a summary of soybean planting progress in Iowa and predictions for soybean aphids this year. Also, they talk about recent publications on soybean seed treatments.

(S5:E9) Special guest, Donald Lewis, asks if aphids make more lady beetles

On a special episode of the podcast, we are visited by Dr. Donald Lewis who asks; "Will the soybean aphid outbreak bring more lady beetles". This hard-hitting question is answered, to the best of their ability by Matt and Erin.
The lady beetle in question, is the multi-colored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. This is a beneficial insect in soybean fields but a pest in our homes.

(S5:E8) It's ON! Soybean aphid outbreaks in northern Iowa

Yes, Phil, they are spraying for aphids in Iowa. Erin and I discuss where in Iowa soybean aphid outbreaks are occurring and the factors that help explain some of the variation in aphid populations between fields. The occurrence of two other pests are noted. Finally, Matt was interviewed on Agribusiness Reports about his lab's work on efforts to conserve bees. For more info see:
(Skip to 1:49): http://whotv.com/2013/08/27/agribusiness-hot-weather-threatens-promising...

(Skip to 0:35): http://whotv.com/2013/08/28/agribusiness-researcher-says-bee-habitats-ha...