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Adam J Varenhorst

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Alumni
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Area of Expertise: 
Insect Ecology

Aphids establish a foothold

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
3
Episode: 
3
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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.

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Aphids are breaking, bad.

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
5
Episode: 
7
Description: 

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. 

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Special guest, Donald Lewis, asks if aphids make more lady beetles

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
5
Episode: 
9
Description: 

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. 

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Spring pest update and pollinator fest

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
6
Episode: 
2
Description: 

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/.

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