Winged aphids are still on the move in Iowa, although most fields still remain well below treatment levels. Neighboring states have notable aphids, so scouting should still continue.
Drs. Matt O'Neal and Erin Hodgson discuss current soybean aphid activity around Iowa and the region. Numbers are remaining low with some regions declining in density. They also discuss upcoming field tours (available at www.aep.iastate.edu).
Drs. O'Neal and Hodgson summarize reports from around the midwest and Iowa about the soybean aphid. Despite the lack of aphids in the fall, evidence so far is that they survived and are beginning to build up in the northern parts of Iowa. Numbers are still very low and do not require insecticides, but we compare 2011 to previous growing season.
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.
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/.
“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.
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.
Today, Matt is back from vacation and talks with Erin about the latest insect activity in Iowa. Soybean aphids can be found in northern Iowa, but at very low numbers. Japanese beetles are feeding in corn and soybean in central counties, and a mixture of caterpillars are feeding in soybean.
Today, Matt and Erin talk about an old pest that is new again. European corn borer is making a comeback in some non Bt-corn. Identification and management are important for timely foliar insecticide applications. Also, Erin saw a small plot with increasing soybean aphid populations - it was also noted in other research plots compared to last week. Lastly, they talk about the potential usefulness of UAVs for making management decisions in field crops. The link Matt mentioned: http://n.pr/1GjpPBx/.