Corn rootworm is a persistent and economically important pest in Iowa, with yield loss caused primarily by larval feeding on corn roots. Genetically modified corn with Bt traits kills western and northern rootworm larvae, and Bt-rootworm corn has been available since 2003. Read more about Approaches for Managing Corn Rootworm in Iowa
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As spring plans are finalized, don’t forget to consider aerial imaging as part of a continuous improvement plan. Remote sensing and the use of aerial imagery has been used for decades in agriculture but since 2010 we’ve seen the number of available imagery providers grow extensively. The use of imagery can vary from farm to farm but several common uses include variable rate fertility recommendations, assessing water management performance, quantifying soil compaction and machinery induced yield limiters, locating late season weed outbreaks, and generally evaluating the consistency of crop vigor across a field. Read more about The Source Matters for Getting the Most out of Aerial Imagery
This study, funded by the United Soybean Board (USB), was conducted to understand the potential for cover crops to perform in a corn and soybean rotation, and to collect data on the performance of cover crops in those rotations in relation to the timing of termination. Read more about Research Shows Extra Cover Crop Growth Prior to Soybeans Provides Benefits
An earlier ICM News article discussing affects of nozzle type and size on spray coverage prompted a question from a farmer regarding nozzle selection. In recent years there have been many advances in nozzle design. The primary improvement has been development of nozzles that minimize the formation of driftable droplets (< 200 micron) while still producing a droplet spectrum that provides the level of coverage required for consistent, postemergence weed control. Read more about Selecting Nozzles for Postemergence Herbicides
Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and soybean aphid (SBA) are important soybean pests in the north-central region. Soybean varieties with host plant resistance for SCN (PI88788) and SBA (Rag1) can suppress pest populations and subsequently protect yield. In addition, seed treatments are becoming widely adopted and now can include a nematacide, fungicides and insecticide. Combining host plant resistance with seed treatments could potentially further protect yield. Read more about Managing Two Soybean Pests to Optimize Yield
Proper herbicide application is critical to ensure products achieve their full potential for weed control. For postemergence herbicides, this includes application to appropriately sized weeds and equipping the sprayer to achieve uniform coverage of target weeds. Read more about Spray Volume is Critical for Postemergence Herbicides
A farm just outside the north-central Iowa town is home to Iowa State University’s Agriculture Drainage Research and Demonstration Site, a facility that has been working to further Iowa State University’s water conservation efforts since 1990. Read more about Nation’s Premier Site for Water Quality Drives Progress
The first line of defense against herbicide resistance is using herbicide programs that include multiple herbicide groups effective against target weeds. When using premix products, this involves comparing the application rates of active ingredients in the premix versus rates applied with the stand-alone products. This step is needed to insure that the premix is providing an effective dose of the active ingredient. Read more about Breaking Down Resicore - Does It Pass the Test?
A new study from a multidisciplinary team led by Iowa State University agronomists shows that significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently lose money and could influence many farmers to change how they use some of the acres they devote to corn and soybeans. Read more about New ISU Research May Help Farmers Make More Informed Decisions About Land Use
Resistant soybeans are vital for managing the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). But SCN-resistant soybean varieties can vary greatly in their agronomic performance and in the SCN control that they provide. ISU evaluates more than 150 SCN-resistant soybean varieties each year in experiments conducted throughout Iowa. The results of the 2015 experiments have been recently compiled and made available in print and electronically. Results show continued benefits of SCN-resistant soybean varieties in producing higher yields and allowing less SCN reproduction than susceptible varieties. Read more about SCN Resistance Continues to Pay Twice in 2015