Dr. Erin Hodgson started working in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University in 2009. She is an associate 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. 

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Dr. Daren Mueller is an associate professor and extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University. He is also the coordinator of the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Dr. Mueller earned 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. His main research interests involve understanding the biology and management of soybean diseases. The Iowa State IPM program, among other things, develops several publications about field crops pests, leads the ISU Field Extension Farm, and is involved in several STEM education projects. 

Daren Mueller

Dr. Alison Robertson is an associate 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. 

Adam Sisson

Dr. Mark Licht is an assistant 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.

Mark Licht

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
December 11, 2018 12:47 PM

This is part three of a four-part series originally posted in 2016 on using multiple, effective herbicide sites of action (herbicide groups) at effective rates as part of a long-term weed management system. Read ...

Herbicide Resistance
December 4, 2018 8:25 AM

This is part two of a four-part series originally posted in 2016 on using multiple, effective herbicide sites of action (herbicide groups) at effective rates as part of a long-term weed management system. Read...

Herbicide Resistance
November 27, 2018 12:56 PM

This is part one of a four-part series originally posted in 2016 on using multiple, effective herbicide sites of action (herbicide groups) at effective rates as part of a long-term weed management system.

With the stagnant development of new herbicides and weeds seemingly...

Herbicide Resistance
November 13, 2018 3:23 PM

Soil health is the foundation for a vibrant and strong agriculture system and economy. Healthy soils are essential to healthy environments including clean air and clean water for sustainable agriculture and livelihoods. The...

Soils, Soil Management
November 10, 2018 11:15 PM

Pesticides are substances that are designed to control pests. Every year, nearly six billion pounds of pesticides are applied worldwide. In agricultural fields, they can be...

Insects and Mites
November 1, 2018 7:31 AM

Updated on November 2, 2018

I feel obligated to write something about EPA’s dicamba announcement, but will confess at this time I still have several questions...

October 31, 2018 1:05 PM

While the monarch butterfly is a globally distributed species, the eastern United States population is renowned for its annual migration from the breeding range in the northeastern United States (and Canada) to overwintering sites in central Mexico.  Overwintering populations of this cohort have...

Crop Production
October 26, 2018 2:04 PM

The follow-up to this summer's 'Sporecaster' smartphone application, designed to help farmers predict the need for a fungicide application to control white mold in soybean, is now available for download.

While Sporecaster can help farmers evaluate their risk for white mold using infection...

Plant Diseases
October 18, 2018 3:26 PM

The 2018 Iowa harvest is posing many challenges. Higher than average harvest losses are likely due to excessive soybean shatter, flooded and wet field conditions, and lodged corn and beans.

Harvest losses can only be managed if you know where and why they are occurring. Measuring harvest...

Crop Production
October 17, 2018 11:43 AM

The college classroom teaches you a multitude of things that you probably need to know in order to make sense of the world around you. But an internship that gives you experience in that world can mean the difference of succeeding in life or just getting by. As an agricultural communications...

Crop Production
October 15, 2018 11:01 AM

With the 2018 growing season coming to an end, it’s time to bust out the record books and begin logging the most prevalent diseases we’ve seen this year in Iowa soybeans. It’s important to review  these diseases so that farmers, agronomists and all of our partners can make informed decisions...

Plant Diseases
October 10, 2018 12:40 PM

With all eyes now on harvested grain quality and scouting for mycotoxins as a result of ear rot, it's important that producers and agronomists have access to all the information possible, on whichever medium they prefer to use.

An application is available on both Android and iOS that can...

Grain Handling and Storage
September 26, 2018 11:04 AM

WPS train the trainer imageA web-based national Worker Protection Standard (WPS) course to qualify trainers to train both workers and handlers is now...

Pesticide Education
September 21, 2018 9:57 AM

Corn and soybean harvest has started across many parts of Iowa. Some areas of the state have swung between warm-dry and cool- wet weather within the last few days. With more rain in the forecast, a few producers may be wondering about how fast corn will dry down in the field in the coming weeks...

Crop Production
September 12, 2018 10:54 AM

The University of Illinois, Urbana, is seeking assistance from its friendly neighbor to the west, the corn-state of Iowa, in locating samples of tar spot in corn. This is part of the university’s new research project investigating the genetic variability of the tar spot pathogen.

Tar spot...

Plant Diseases
September 3, 2018 8:53 AM

It's Labor Day weekend, that means it's time for me to see what's happening at the first three Palmer amaranth infestations in western Iowa. The infestations (Harrison, Fremont, and Page Counties) were first reported in 2013.  Harrison County had two fields (approximately 50 acres) with...

August 25, 2018 10:10 AM

The finding of mile-a-minute weed near Knoxville, and the subsequent request for reports of additional infestations, has led to a flurry of calls regarding potential findings. Fortunately, none of the reports have been positive, but we appreciate people paying attention to plants in the...

August 15, 2018 12:40 PM

Another contest is in the books, and once again we provided a sufficient challenge to prevent anyone from earning a perfect score.  In the Professional Division, two-time defending champion Cindy Recker was narrowly edged out by Karen Stiles, last year’s winner in the General Division. Both...

August 8, 2018 9:27 AM

In June, as part of the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, 13 students participated in the CSI: Crop Science Investigation workshop.

Students who participated...

Crop Production
August 3, 2018 2:43 PM

Mark your calendar for the September 6Fall Field Day at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville.

This year’s fall field day will feature the following topics:

  • “A Season in Review” by Myron Rees, Southeast Research Farm Superintendent
  • ...
Crop Production
July 31, 2018 3:11 PM

Late season weed escapes, off-target herbicide movement, sightings of soybean aphids, and a little bit of frogeye leaf spot were some of the common issues that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists saw in...

Crop Production
July 25, 2018 7:13 AM

Our analysis shows that soybean more has been more adversely affected by the 2018 weather compared to corn. Soybean yield potential has dropped while corn yield potential is still high. We are in the midst of critical corn grain filling now and soybean grain filling will be starting soon....

Crop Production
July 24, 2018 3:27 PM

Gray leaf spot, spotting of soybean aphids, and off-target herbicide movement seem to be common and big issues that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists saw across the state this past week. Read on for more...

Crop Production
July 23, 2018 3:36 PM

Mile-a-minute weed (Persicaria perfoliata) is an invasive species in the Polygonaceae (smartweed) family that is native to Asia.  It is believed to have been introduced to the United States in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but the initial introductions failed to form permanent...

July 18, 2018 11:18 AM

This past week brought drier conditions across the state. Northern Iowa appreciated the chance to dry out some, but parts of southern Iowa could really benefit from some much needed rain. Check out what Iowa State University Extension and Outreach ...

Crop Production