(S5:E5) Now it's cool, just the way aphids like it

Erin and Matt discuss the recent cool temperatures forecasted for the last week of July and the implications for soybean aphid populations in Iowa. We also discuss the recent emergence of bean leaf beetles and observations about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. For more info about the BMSB, visit http://apps.csi.iastate.edu/pipe/?c=entry&a=view&id=20

(S5:E4) Gosh it's hot! Soybean aphids, rootworms, mites and bees

It's hot! But we can still talk about aphids and other insect pests. It is a quiet week for soybean pests, but things are getting active in corn. We talk about what to look for when it comes to silk feeders. For more details about rootworms, a silk feeder and rootfeeder, look up Erin's recent factsheet. https://www.ent.iastate.edu/dept/faculty/hodgson/files/ul/CRW%20manageme....
At the end, Matt talks about a recent blog that summarizes his work on bees in soybean fields, http://www.agriculture.com/farm-management/conservation/bees-in-bes-qa-w....

(S5:E3) Matt's back and so are the JBs!

Erin Hodgson and Matt O'Neal return to talk about insect pests of soybean in Iowa and the greater midwest. On today's episode, the return of the soybean aphid, the japanese beetles and a variety of uncommon insects that feed on soybean plants and other crops (stink bugs, celery leaf tier, and colapspis beetles).

(S5:E2) Soybean aphid confirmed throughout the region

This week, Erin Hodgson talks about confirming soybean aphid in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

(S5:E1) Back in business - the podcast resumes for 2013!

The 2013 season of podcasts begins with a short recap of pest activity in Iowa.

(S4:E9) Is it too late to spray? Plus a new video!

Most of the state is approaching the seed fill stage (R5), indicating the end of profitable yield returns with an insecticide application. Watch a short video about spider mite management here: http://bit.ly/NdDj6c

(S4:E8) Bean leaf beetles out but spider mites are still top dog

Soybean aphid populations remain low but first generation bean leaf beetles are out i some areas this week. Spider mites are still the primary problem, and we encourage scouting to protect yield.

(S4:E7) Spider mites continue injury

Although soybean aphid has been a relatively low threat this year, drought conditions have been a perfect storm for spider mites. We encourage people to scout fields now to fully protect yield.

(S4:E6) The drought thickens: dry hot weather is good for spider mites

Drought conditions continue for all of Iowa, setting the stage for spider mite outbreaks. Drs. O'Neal and Hodgson discuss the challenges of managing this pest. For more information visit http://iowabuglife.blogspot.com/ for pictures and additional details about spider mites. For more info about managing crops and pests in this drought visit

(S4:E5) Good news, bad news, and drought

Its Friday the 13th and farmers have much to worry about. But despite the record breaking temperatures and drought, there is some good news. We discuss the lack of soybean aphids throughout most of Iowa. However, there are other insect pests that growers should be scouting, including japanese beetles and spider mites. For more info about insects this summer, see Dr. Hodgson's blog (http://iowabuglife.blogspot.com).