By Rich Pope, Department of Plant Pathology
Summer burst through the doors with a blast of heat and humidity. Although oppressive to people, it allowed for rapid growth of both crops and weeds. Weeds are a considerable concern in most areas, most notably where pre-plant burn downs were skipped, and where spraying has been prevented by wet fields. Most areas of Iowa gained 20 to 25 degree days more than the average mid-June week.
Soybean aphid populations have now been reported in northeast, north central, northwest and central Iowa. A cooler, potentially more aphid-favorable weather forecast for the coming week, increases the need to monitor soybeans for aphid populations.
Rich Pope is a program specialist with responsibilities with Integrated Pest Management. Pope can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (515)294-5899.