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Interview with Ric Bessin: wireworms, stink bugs and bee stings

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
7
Episode: 
15
Description: 

In this episode, Matt and Erin interview the 2016 Gunderson Memorial Seminar speaker, Dr. Ric Bessin. Ric is a professor and extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky. His areas of extension and research interests range from row crops to specialty crops, and has a focus on IPM.  Their conversation starts off talking about agriculture in Kentucky compared to Iowa.

Ric Bessin

He also shares observations about early season pests, like wireworms, and moves to brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species causing havoc in Kentucky. Ric was also a Peace Corps volunteer before graduate school, and where he spent time beekeeping. He shares an interesting story about using bees to help with pain management. 

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Ric Bessin
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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:05:45
Title: 
Wireworm management in Kentucky
Time: 
00:16:00
Title: 
Peace Corps, beekeeping and honey
Time: 
00:25:50
Title: 
Bee sting therapy

Don't freak out (about a few aphids)

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
8
Episode: 
4
Description: 

Today, Matt and Erin cover a lot of topics. First, Erin summarizes her recent trip to Indianapolis for the 2017 North Central Branch ESA meeting. Lots of interesting papers and posters were presented this week. Also, the first confirmation of soybean aphid in Iowa happened again this week. It is typical to find aphids during early June in vegetative soybean, so listeners shouldn't be too concerned at this time. Other pest activity updates include more black cutworm and armyworm, plus a few bean leaf beetles and slugs. Matt follows up on the slug conversation by highlighting a recent interview with Penn State entomologist, John Tooker. As a follow up to the IRAC discussion a few episodes ago, Erin reminds everyone that the organization puts out a few helpful references on insecticide modes of action and resistance management. 

Two events of interest coming up:

Pollinator Fest at Reiman Gardens is on June 24. It's free this year, so bring your family for some fun hands-on activities centered around pollinators. 

Matt and Erin are organizing a field day with Greg Tylka on August 17. The event is at FEEL near Boone, IA and registration is open now

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:03:30
Title: 
Soybean aphids found in Iowa
Time: 
00:08:00
Title: 
Slug research in popular press
Time: 
00:14:25
Title: 
IRAC references

Field crop pest updates

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
8
Episode: 
7
Description: 

Today, Erin is without her podcasting bestie, Matt. She summarizes the activity of a few field crop pests in Iowa. First, she mentions Japanese beetle is active in soybean now and will move to corn with the emergence of silks. There are also European corn borer egg masses and small larvae in non-Bt corn now. You can access a free publication to learn more about scouting and management of ECB. Erin also gives an update on thistle caterpillar and soybean aphid from the last episode - both pests are still active right now. Finally, she highlights potato leafhopper as an occasional pest of soybean and alfalfa. You can register for some upcoming demonstration events at FEEL for July 12 (Diagnostic Clinic) and July 13 (Management Clinic) right here

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:02:48
Title: 
European corn borer
Time: 
00:03:52
Title: 
Thistle caterpillar and soybean aphid
Time: 
00:06:00
Title: 
Potato leafhopper

Warm, wet weather brings all the black flies to the yard

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
9
Episode: 
3
Description: 

Today, Matt and Erin bounce around a few topics of insect-related news. The black flies and mosquitoes have been especially aggressive in central Iowa this week. Erin summarizes field crop pest activity in central and southern Iowa, mainly some caterpillar feeding in corn and bean leaf beetle feeding in soybean. Matt's F.I.T. is somewhat random, but eventually ties it together with an insect. 

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:04:35
Title: 
Recent pest activity in Iowa
Time: 
00:10:10
Title: 
F.I.T. Cosmic Thing and Junebugs

Brown and down!

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
10
Episode: 
1
Description: 

Matt and Erin are back and starting Season 10! Erin kicks off the episode by summarizing current pest activity for 2019. It's been a cool, wet spring and delayed planting will influence early-season pest activity. Specific updates:

Matt talked about a new F.I.T. (fun insect trivia), where he highlights the mosquito trapping network at ISU. Dr. Ryan Smith coordinated a mosquito and tick surveillance program to learn more about activity and disease incidence around the state every summer. Learn more about his historical data on his website.

Matt also had an opportunity to podcast with group of Iowa Youth who entered an NPR challenge. You can hear the episode where they talk about using insects for food here later this summer!

Upcoming events include Pollinator Fest at Reiman Gardens (22 June), pollinator workshop (25-26 July), and many field days throughout Iowa (stay tuned!). 

 

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:01:15
Title: 
2019 insect activity updates
Time: 
00:27:10
Title: 
Upcoming events