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Busy extension week

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
7
Episode: 
12
Description: 

[Apologies for the poor sound quality of Erin's microphone]

In this podcast episode, Matt and Erin recap a few extension activities they recently participated in this week. It started with being an "expert" at the Iowa State University display building in the 2016 Farm Progress Show near Ames, IA. Both Matt and Erin helped answer questions about entomology and agriculture, and they also learned from the other displays in the building (something about underwear?). One of the main attractions was a monarch butterfly display and also samples of a new invasive weed, palmer amaranth. Matt also saw a cool UAV display with potential use in site-specific management. Erin also was a judge for a regional crop scouting competition for high school students. It included two teams each from Iowa, Indiana and Nebraska. There are some bright, young agronomists out there. Erin switched gears to talk about pest updates in Iowa, but crops are quickly maturing and the time to make treatments is generally done for this growing season. 

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Time: 
00:02:30
Title: 
Farm Progress Show
Time: 
00:12;20
Title: 
regional pest updates

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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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

It's the Flu Game!

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
7
Episode: 
19
Description: 

Matt's a bit under the weather in this episode, but that won't stop his awesome commentary (see connection to Michael Jordan here)! Today, Matt and Erin talk about a new research development with soybean aphid. The entire genome was recently sequenced; see journal paper here). This is only the fourth aphid genome to be sequenced so far. Colleagues, Drs. Brad Coates and Andy Michael, helped generate data for this journal article. Matt explains the reasoning for sequencing the genome of pest species like soybean aphid. Once we have a better understanding of the genetic makeup of a pest, we can try to disrupt it and make them less successful. Then, Erin shares some recent questions coming to her from around Iowa - particularly if snow cover can help insects survive the winter. 

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Time: 
00:04:45
Title: 
Soybean aphid genome sequenced
Time: 
00:14:50
Title: 
Winter survival of insects

The end (of season 7)

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
7
Episode: 
21
Description: 

In the last episode of season 7, Matt and Erin talk about two new insecticide options for soybean aphid in Iowa. Movento and Sivanto by Bayer CropSciences are products that target fluid-feeding pests, like aphids, and are considered reduced-risk options compared to broad spectrum insecticides. Movento is a Group 23 and Sivanto is a Group 4D. To learn more about these insecticide groups, visit the IRAC website.

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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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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

Lucky #13

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
8
Episode: 
13
Description: 

Today, Matt and Erin cover a wide range of topics. First, there are two entomologists interviewing for ISU president: Sonny Ramaswamy and Wendy Wintersteen. But the conversation is quickly diverted into talking about why entomologists make good leaders. Matt has another F.I.T. that includes a reference to Hogwarts. Tom Saunders named a new parasitoid wasp species after Lucius Malfoy, a character in the Harry Potter series. The new wasp was named Lusius malfoyi. Erin asks Matt about fall nuisance invaders around Ames, including multicolored Asian lady beetles, minute pirate bugs, and brown lacewings. Erin gives a shout-out to an insect-related podcast, Arthropod, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This interesting series goes in-depth on insects and closely related species (e.g., painted lady butterflies and brown recluse spiders). Lastly, they are spreading the word about a fundraiser for BugGuide - help them meet their goal of $15,000!

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:12:00
Title: 
Matt's F.I.T.
Time: 
00:16:10
Title: 
Fall nuisance invaders
Time: 
00:24:30
Title: 
BugGuide fundraiser!

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

Black flies and bug eaters

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
9
Episode: 
4
Description: 

In this episode, Matt and Erin talk about randomness for the first 4 minutes (like usual). But they eventually move into recent insect activity in Iowa. The black flies, sometimes called buffalo gnats, are especially active this year and are aggressive blood feeders. It's hard to be outside the last two weeks because the females are swarming and causing painful bites. Matt noted an absence of soybean aphid activity on buckthorn, the overwintering host. They are unsure what this means for colonization timing and dynamics on soybean this summer. Matt presents a timely and interesting F.I.T. that combines soccer, Midwestern history and entomology. 

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:04:00
Title: 
Black flies in Iowa
Time: 
00:10:30
Title: 
Soybean aphid activity in Iowa
Time: 
00:14:20
Title: 
Matt gets F.I.T.

Should soybean aphids like AC/DC?

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
9
Episode: 
7
Description: 

This might be one of the best episodes yet, because Matt and Erin combine aphids with rock and roll. But first Erin gives a state update on pest activity that includes armyworms, leafhoppers, rootworm and bean leaf beetle. There haven't been any reports of soybean aphid in 2018 but immigration is expected soon. Matt is a friend of the FC Bugeaters and shares recent game activity from the midwest. The F.I.T. focused on an insect-themed game show tune and then they transition to a recently published article that hypothesizes AC/DC is noise pollution for insects. 

 

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:01:15
Title: 
pest activity updates
Time: 
00:10:15
Title: 
FC Bugeaters and soccer updates
Time: 
00:12:25
Title: 
F.I.T. game show tunes
Time: 
00:14:15
Title: 
AC/DC hypothesis testing with soybean aphid

Aphids are active. Midges, too?

Show: 
Soybean Pest Podcast
Season: 
9
Episode: 
8
Description: 

This Soybean Pest Podcast episode is packed with good stuff! Matt starts off by sharing some positive data from USDA-NASS from Iowa. A recent report showed 45,000 honey bee colonies in Iowa, a 275% increase from 2017. Also, the number of in-season losses is down from last year. Erin talks about a new soybean pest that is showing up in western Iowa. The soybean gall midge can be a devastating stem-boring pest. She summarizes her observations in a recent ICM News article. Erin also notes aphid activity in increasing throughout northern Iowa - in corn and soybean. It's a good time to scout fields to check for aphids. Also, there is a newly-revised field guide for soybean aphid. Find the pdf and hardcopy versions at the Extension Store. Lastly, PFI is hosting a field day on September 6 near Marble Rock. Erin will share some information about host plant resistance for soybean aphid. Click here for more details. 

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Chapters: 
Time: 
00:07:40
Title: 
Bees in Iowa
Time: 
00:12:20
Title: 
New midge in town
Time: 
00:21:50
Title: 
Aphids are everywhere (in northern Iowa)

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