(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...

(S5:E7) Aphids are breaking, bad.

We are getting close to the end of the season and soybean aphids have exceeded the threshold level in northern Iowa. Erin has come back from spraying research plots to share with us updates on timing, product choice and assessing the need for an insecticide during this aphid outbreak.
Also, Matt is going to be interviewed by WHO-TV this Friday. Look for a segment either Friday nite or during the weekend (23-25 Aug) about conserving bees.And finally, this episode is dedicated to Robert Pettis, our #1 fan.

(S5:E6) Aphids on the rise, and rootworms, too!

Matt and Erin summarize the trend in soybean aphid populations for the midwest. They discuss other pest, include the corn rootworm and the reports of cornfields damaged by this pest. For more info on why this may happen in Bt-corn fields see http://bit.ly/16plxWm.
Also, for more info about how rotating crops is good for more than just managing rootworms, visit http://www.sustainablecorn.org/