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Jiminy Crickets!

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
8
Episode: 
11
Description: 

Matt and Erin were supposed to be in Savannah, GA for a soybean symposium this week. But due to Hurricane Irma, the conference was canceled and they created a bonus episode of random topics. Soybean is quickly maturing throughout Iowa and insects are making preparations for the winter. Matt summarized a last-minute soybean research symposium recapping some of the presentations planned for the Georgia gathering. Both Matt and Erin noticed a lot of wasp activity around human structures and Matt explained they lose their social structure this time of year. Erin thinks she might have Lyme disease and will update listeners on her progress the next episode (teaser!). ISU faculty member, Ryan Smith, shared the blacklegged tick is expanding range in Iowa and the proportion of infected ticks is increasing in Iowa (see this survey summary for more details). Dr. Smith also said there are 195 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Iowa so far this year. Finally, Matt talks about another great F.I.T. of Ward Kimball, creator of Jiminy Cricket. 

Jiminy Cricket

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Jiminy Cricket
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Time: 
00:06:45
Title: 
Social wasps active now
Time: 
00:13:10
Title: 
Lyme disease update
Time: 
00:16:45
Title: 
F.I.T. with Ward Kimball

Erin has Lyme disease

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
8
Episode: 
12
Description: 

The long-awaited teaser is resolved in today's episode. Erin reveals she did get Lyme disease this summer. She recaps the experience and outlook for the future. There are 232 confirmed or probable cases of Lyme disease in Iowa this year, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. References to Lyric's tick paper can be found in the previous episode. Matt brings up another interesting F.I.T. (fun insect trivia) featuring two entomologists: Jeffrey Lockwood and C. V. Riley. Lockwood is a rangeland entomologist focused on grasshopper management, and an award-winning author and University of Wyoming professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities. He writes science and fiction books, including his latest crime novel called Poison Justice. Riley also studied grasshoppers but is most known as the Father of Classical Biocontrol. He was one of the first to practice biocontrol, introducing a beetle that was the natural enemy to a scale that was damaging the California citrus industry.

 

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:02:25
Title: 
Erin's confirms Lyme disease
Time: 
00:13:50
Title: 
Matt's F.I.T.

Bees in the (European) news again

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
9
Episode: 
2
Description: 

In this second episode of Season 9, Matt and Erin bounce around a variety of topics. First, Matt provides an update on the neonicotinoid ban in Europe. Neonics have been temporarily banned in Europe for a few years because of risk to honey bees, bumble bees and wild bees. In February, more news came out that supports these risks to pollinators. A vote will happen soon that could possibly permanently restrict or ban neonic use in Europe. Then, Erin reminds us ticks are active in Iowa right now, so beware of these disease vectors if you are in areas with tall vegetation. Over 250 cases of Lyme disease and 17 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever were confirmed in Iowa in 2017. Send your ticks in for ID at the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

Thanks, Andy, for the honey drop off! Learn more about Meadow Blazingstar honey and candles here

Ever wondered what your state insect? Look at the Wikipedia list. Why doesn't Iowa have a state insect?

 

Chapters: 
Time: 
00:18:30
Title: 
Ticks are active in Iowa
Time: 
00:20:00
Title: 
F.I.T. State insects