Soybean aphid populations reach threshold in Iowa and japanese beetles are becoming an increasing problem for both soybean and corn. In this episode we discuss both of these pests and the need to scout now to determine the need for an insecticide. To learn more about Japanese beetles see Dr. Hodgson's latest article in the Integrated Crop Management newsletter (http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2011/0722hodgson.htm).
As soybeans reach the late reproductive stages the need to manage aphids decreases. However, aphids persist in soybean fields around the midwest. We discuss a couple factors that should be considered when applying insecticides this late in the year. Also, we re-count the spread of Japanese beetles in Iowa as a new herbivore of soybeans.