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Dr. Erin Hodgson started working in the Department of Entomology, now the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology, at Iowa State University in 2009. She is a professor with extension and research responsibilities in corn and soybeans. She has a general background in integrated pest management (IPM) for field crops. Dr. Hodgson's current extension and research programs are focused on improving corn and soybean production by using IPM tactics to protect yield and increase overall farmer profits. Among other projects, she oversees insecticide efficacy evaluations for soybean aphids, Japanese beetles, and aphids in corn. Erin also helps manage emerging field crop pests and invasive species. 

Photo of Erin Hodgson

Daren Mueller is an associate professor and extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University. He is also the coordinator of the Iowa State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Daren received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and his master's degree and doctorate in Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1999 and 2001. Daren’s main research interests involve understanding the biology and management of field crop diseases. Daren is also a co-director of the North Central IPM Center and the Crop Protection Network.

Dr. Alison Robertson is a professor of plant pathology and microbiology. She provides extension education on the diagnosis and management of corn and soybean diseases. Her research interests include Pythium seedling disease of corn and soybean and Goss's wilt. Dr. Robertson received her bachelor's degree in plant pathology in 1991 from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and came to the United States in 1999 to pursue a doctoral degree in plant pathology at Clemson University. She started working at Iowa State University in May 2004.

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Adam Sisson is an extension specialist with the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program and a Certified Crop Adviser. Sisson focuses on the development of publications and other educational resources for farmers, agribusiness, and students. He received his bachelor's degree in agronomy and environmental studies in 2006 and a master's degree in sustainable agriculture in 2009; both from Iowa State University. 

Dr. Mark Licht is an associate professor and extension cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. His extension, research and teaching program is focused on how to holistically manage Iowa cropping systems to achieve productivity, profitability and environmental goals. Research is centered around varied aspects of soybean, corn and cover crop management as well as agronomic implications of precision technologies.

Meaghan Anderson is a field agronomist in central Iowa and an extension field specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Educational programming is available for farmers, agribusinesses, pesticide applicators, certified crop advisors, and other individuals interested in crop production.

Areas of expertise include weed management, weed biology, cover crops, corn and soybean management, and integrated pest management.

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Meaghan Anderson

Dr Laura Jesse Iles directs the North Central IPM Center.   Dr. Iles has earned B.S. (Animal Ecology), M.S. (Entomology), and Ph.D. (Co-major in Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) degrees, all from Iowa State University.  In addition to directing the PIDC, Dr Iles serves as the entomology diagnostician. As part of the ISU Integrated Pest Management Program Dr. Iles provides educational training in the broad areas of consumer horticulture, biological control, and invasive insect management.

Laura Jesse Iles

Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis is an assistant professor of integrated cropping systems at the Department of Agronomy. His main research interests involve understanding complex Genotype by Management by Environment interactions and modeling various components of the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. Dr. Archontoulis's overall goal is to investigate practices that can increase the efficiency of system by means of increasing crop yields and simultaneously decreasing inputs or losses such as water and nitrogen. His approach combines field experimentation and use of mechanistic simulations models.

April 10, 2017 10:27 AM

The primary impact of herbicide resistance for most Iowa farmers has been an increase in expenditures for herbicides.  I decided to do a quick analysis of this by using ISU Extension’s annual Estimated Costs of Crop...

Weeds
April 5, 2017 11:42 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published the Field Crop Scouting book as an online learning tool for students and ag professionals in Iowa. This interactive textbook allows individuals to acquire knowledge about crop scouting topics such as corn and soybean growth stages,...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Weeds
March 30, 2017 8:27 AM

Yesterday, the EPA announced it will not proceed with any restrictions for a commonly-used insecticide, chlorpyrifos. This includes no changes to chlorpyrifos tolerances in the U.S. In 2015, a petition to revoke chlorpyrifos was submitted to the EPA by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites
March 27, 2017 11:33 AM

The regional Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator (CNRC) website was recently updated with a revised Iowa N response trial database that includes data through the 2016 crop year. Last year the CNRC website was revised and the url changed to (...

Soil Fertility
March 23, 2017 4:24 PM

The Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is pleased to present the 7th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa youth.


High school students (those completing grades 9-12) from Iowa are invited to compete and showcase their crop scouting...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Weeds
March 12, 2017 12:52 PM

Since I inducted the FeXapan advertisement into the Herbicide Ad Hall of Shame for proclaiming to be the answer to resistance, I feel obligated to do the same with TeeJet's recent ad in Wallaces Farmer.  Proper nozzle selection is critical for:  1) minimizing off target movement of the new...

Herbicide Resistance
March 9, 2017 11:33 AM

ISU's student newspaper recently published a story on Dr. Ada Hayden, the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from ISU (1918).  While preserving Iowa's disappearing prairie was her passion, she also documented the rapid spread of Canada thistle across Iowa.  In a 1934 paper published in the...

Weeds
March 6, 2017 1:12 PM

A bill has been introduced in the Iowa legislature that proposes classifying Palmer amaranth as a primary noxious weed.  The weed law gives counties the authority to fine landowners who fail to control noxious weeds, and, if necessary, enter...

Weeds
March 1, 2017 10:55 AM

The new crop season is right around the corner, and we want you to be prepared!

Two publications have new bundle discounts—the Weed Identification Field Guide, 2nd Edition, and the new Corn and Soybean Field Guide, recently published in fall 2016.

Deals...

Plant Diseases, Weeds
February 26, 2017 8:13 AM

It has been several years since I’ve added anything to the Herbicide Ad Hall of Shame, but I feel DuPont’s sales sheet for Fexapan warrants inclusion.  At a time when nearly everyone realizes we are painting ourselves into a corner with herbicide resistance, it is disheartening to see a...

Herbicide Resistance
February 21, 2017 11:06 AM

In 2011, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) was first confirmed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then, live detections have been confirmed in 19 Iowa counties. These stink bugs have been found in and around human structures, mostly homes in urban areas. I don’t know of any BMSB specimens found in...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites
February 12, 2017 9:47 AM

The University of Illinois Plant Clinic recently published results of their 2016 herbicide resistance screening program.  For a $50 fee the...

Herbicide Resistance
February 11, 2017 11:09 AM

Planning on attending the Commodity Classic in San Antonio in March?   Have experience with herbicide resistant weeds?  

If you are involved in crop production in Iowa, the answer to the second question is yes.  The Weed Science Society of America is sponsoring a listening session at the...

Herbicide Resistance
February 6, 2017 10:15 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a Field Crop Scout School on Saturday, Mar. 25, at the Scheman Building in Ames. Designed for beginning crop scouts, the day-long course features sessions on crop growth and development, weed, disease and insect identification, along with...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Pesticide Education, Plant Diseases, Weeds
January 27, 2017 8:04 AM

The second annual Soil Health Conference will be held in Ames, Iowa at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University on February 16-17, 2017.


This two-day soil health conference will host a number of renowned scientists, agronomists, farmers, and agriculture...

Soils, Soil Management
January 25, 2017 2:39 PM

“History is largely a record of human struggle to wrest the land from nature, because man relies for sustenance on the products of the soil. So direct, is the relationship between soil erosion, the productivity of the land, and the prosperity of people, that the history of mankind, to a...

Soils
January 20, 2017 1:30 PM

I've been asked several times at meetings this winter if it would be possible to identify Palmer amaranth in conservation plantings at this time of year.  My response has been 'I think so, but I've never tried'.  To avoid having to use that answer in the future, I went to a field planted to...

Weeds
January 19, 2017 3:14 PM

Making sound soil fertility management decisions is an important part of successful crop production, on both an economic and environmental level. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering a two-day short course focusing on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient...

Soil Fertility
January 18, 2017 5:57 AM

If you grow soybean your help is needed. We are asking for yields and management information that is used for your soybean fields. The goal behind this project identify key factors that prohibit soybean farmers from obtaining yields that are potentially attainable on their respective farms. Or...

Crop Production
January 15, 2017 8:43 AM

I recently had a discussion with a farmer regarding the Palmer problem, and he asked if I were 'King for a Day' how would I change Iowa's noxious weed law.  I came up with four suggestions regarding classifying weeds as noxious:

1)  Eliminate any weed from the list that is widely...

Weeds
January 11, 2017 5:00 PM

Soil Temperature at the 4-inch depth is important to crop establishment even though seed placement is usually at depths of less than 2 inches.  Soil temperature of below 50F is important to responsible fall anhydrous application.  The estimated county soil temperature in Iowa is derived from...

Crop Production
December 29, 2016 8:22 AM

People involved in weed management for at least 20 years probably remember corn being damaged by glyphosate drift when Roundup Ready soybean were first introduced.  The extensive damage was due to the high susceptibility of corn to glyphosate; equipping sprayers with low-drift nozzles and the...

Weeds
December 22, 2016 7:56 AM

The recent approval of the new dicamba products approved for use on Xtend soybean has been received with mix feelings by the agricultural community; many are excited about the new options to help with the growing herbicide resistance problem, whereas others are concerned about the risks...

Weeds
December 12, 2016 7:34 AM

The 2017 version of WC 94 - Herbicide guide for Iowa corn and soybean production - is now available.  The guide includes several tables providing information on herbicide effectiveness, composition of package mixes, and herbicide sites of action.  In addition the guide...

Weeds
December 5, 2016 9:29 AM

I’ll admit it, I enjoy the laughing weeds in Syngenta’s Acuron advertisements. The Acuron Chronicles remind me of something written by Dutch Sylwester more than 60 years ago.  Dutch was ISU’s extension weed scientist from 1945 to 1975, and his skit described the optimism surrounding the...

Weeds

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