Soybean Gall Midge Brown Bag Series

January 7, 2021 4:26 PM
Blog Post

Soybean gall midge is an emerging pest that only occurs in five Midwest states. Researchers in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota began investigating this pest in 2019 after widespread reports of significant injury raised awareness early in the 2018 growing season. Although a lot of research is needed to enhance our understanding of soybean gall midge biology, ecology, and management, researchers are able to provide updates and tips for the upcoming growing season.

soybean gall midge larvae
Soybean gall midge larvae. Photo by Mitchell Helton. 

Extension entomologists from three regional universities are hosting a free Soybean Gall Midge Brown Bag Series during the next two weeks. By registering for this event, you will be able to view the presentations, ask questions to the experts, and be up to date on the latest soybean gall midge research.

HOW – Visit this link to find the registration form. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click one of the “Register Online” buttons under the Upcoming Workshops section. You only need to register once to get access to all three workshops. You will receive an email with a personalized link and reminders before each event.

WHEN – January 5 (although this workshop has passed, you will be able to access a recording and view on-demand upon registration), January 12, and January 19 from 11am – 12pm.

WHERE – These webinars are hosted on Zoom. You do not need special software to view the webinars and will be able to view them in a web browser.

WHO – These workshops are ideal for farmers, consultants, crop scouts, and agricultural professionals. Even if you are not in the affected area (see https://soybeangallmidge.org/soybean-gall-midge-distribution), this knowledge could be useful to you as this pest is expected to slowly spread across the Midwest.

soybean gall midge damage
Soybean gall midge damage. Photo by Adam Bierbaum. 

Authors: 

Ashley Dean Education Extension Specialist I

Ashley is an education extension specialist for field crop entomology at Iowa State University. She coordinates the Iowa Moth Trapping Network, develops educational resources for field crop pests in Iowa, and aids in the research efforts of the

Erin Hodgson Professor

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 curre...