This week, we finally got most of our plots in the ground. We've been patiently waiting for soil conditions to improve. This year, I have research in four locations around Iowa: NW Research Farm (Sutherland), Northern Research Farm (Kanawha), NE Research Farm (Nashua), and Johnson/Bruner Research Farms (Ames). We get a lot of help with planting from farm managers and the Tylka Lab (thanks, Greg Gebhart!). This year, most of my projects involve soybean aphid, but I have a couple corn projects as well. These pictures are of Ashley Dean (ISU Agronomy 2017), my newest graduate student planting her soybean project.