Drs. Matt O'Neal and Erin Hodgson are back with their weekly podcast regarding the soybean aphid and other insect pests of soybeans. In this brief (~3min) episode we talk about the state of soybean aphids in Iowa and the midwest with a quick review of efforts to monitor aphid migration to soybeans. Please email us with your questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
In this episode Drs. O'Neal and Hodgson discuss the low populations of soybean aphids in Iowa. Dr. Hodgson highlights upcoming meetings and workshops to learn more about soybean production and pest management.
Dr. Hodgson and O'Neal talk about the preharvest intervals for those soybean growers considering an insecticide late in the season.
Soybean aphids have been found on soybeans. We discuss what this might mean for management. We also report on yet another invasive insect pest of soybeans that has been found in the US, the kudzu bug.
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.
We share reports of aphid outbreaks in soybeans in MN. Numbers are up in Iowa. Also, have you noticed big, metallic green beetles? Japanese beetles are out in Iowa.
We discuss the likelihood that aphid outbreaks will occur and when to spray aphid populations. Some agri-businesses are suggesting that aphids be sprayed when populations are lower than 250 aphids per plant. We discuss the value of such lower thresholds, as well as ways to detect other invasive insect pests of soybeans.
The growing season is coming to an end and aphids still persist in some areas. We discuss how insecticides may cause problems with spider mites, especially with the use of pyrethroid-based insecticides. Also look for updates regarding bean leaf beetle threshold calculator in the ICM newsletter next week. Thanks to Mike McCarville.