Rebecca Vittetoe

Rebecca Vittetoe is an extension field agronomist in east central Iowa. Educational programs are available for farmers, agribusiness, pesticide applicators, and certified crop advisors.

Areas of expertise include agronomy, field crop production and management of corn, soybeans, and IPM/crop scouting. Vittetoe joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in April of 2015. 

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Rebecca Vittetoe
June 20, 2017 4:46 PM

Some much needed rain fell across parts of the state last week, but with the rain came some strong winds and hail in parts of the state. Other areas could still use some rain. Iowa State...

Crop Production
June 13, 2017 10:33 PM

The USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report showed that Iowa's corn crop is 96% emerged and gave Iowa’s corn crops a 77% good to excellent rating. Soybean...

Crop Production
June 7, 2017 7:24 AM

The USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report showed that Iowa's corn crop is 90% emerged and gave Iowa’s corn crops a 77% good/excellent rating. Soybean planting...

Crop Production
May 31, 2017 8:50 AM

Armyworm feeding has been observed in several fields in northeast and southeast Iowa. Most of the fields with the feeding had cereal rye planted last fall and were terminated this spring.

Now is the time to be scouting for armyworms. Look for feeding on leaves....

Insects and Mites
May 23, 2017 12:58 PM

Currently 92% of Iowa’s corn crop has been planted and 62% of the soybean crop according to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report. However, the wet weather...

Crop Production
May 15, 2017 7:24 AM

Cooler and wetter conditions can effect corn germination and emergence, but they can also provide a favorable environment for seedling diseases.

One research study being conducted by ISU is taking a closer look at seedling diseases in corn. The goals of the...

Plant Diseases
May 10, 2017 8:43 AM

#Plant17 is progressing across Iowa. Following a period of cooler and wetter weather, most farmers have been able to get back in the fields over the weekend and either resume or start planting. According to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress report, Iowa had 52% corn planted and 19% of soybeans for the...

Crop Production
October 25, 2016 9:04 AM

Fall is a great time to take soil samples and test the soil to see where the nutrient levels are. The results of soil tests can help make critical management decisions for the next growing season. Soil testing starts with the soil sample. The small sample of soil collected serves as the basis...

Soil Fertility
October 12, 2016 3:31 PM

The weather forecast is calling for temperatures to dip close to freezing tonight (10/12/16) in south central/southeast Iowa, which could mean that we may see a light frost. What does...

Crop Production
September 15, 2016 12:39 PM

On Sept. 8, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a fall field day at the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, Iowa.

Crop Production
September 13, 2016 1:00 PM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists report crop conditions in south central, southeast, and east central Iowa.

Crop Production
August 18, 2016 8:46 AM

Mark you your calendars for the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm's Fall Field Day, which is set for September 8. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with the tour starting at 1:30 p.m. 

The featured stops for this year's field day include a presentation on...

Crop Production
August 1, 2016 4:58 PM

Typically anthracnose is a disease associated with corn as a leaf blight or stalk rot, or ...

Plant Diseases
July 7, 2016 8:53 AM

Spider mites the end of June or first part of July? Our hot and dry weather here in southeastern Iowa have provided favorable conditions for spider mites. Typically we do not see spider mites reaching economically damaging levels until late July or early August when conations (hot and ry) are...

Insects and Mites
June 15, 2016 9:17 AM

Cover crops have become quite popular in recent years, not only from a soil conservation and water quality perspective, but also due to their potential to be an additional forage source for livestock producers. To better understand how cover crops can be used as a potential forage source, Iowa...

Crop Production
June 13, 2016 1:02 PM

It seems too early in the growing season yet to be seeing corn diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB), but I happened to spot a few corn plants with NCLB lesions on them in an isolated area in a corn field in southeast Iowa. Why are we seeing NCLB so early? 


Plant Diseases
April 20, 2016 1:25 PM

I’ve received a few questions asking what the purple weed is that is appearing in the landscape. It is probably either purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) or henbit (Lamium amplexicaule).
These weeds often get confused because they look similar. They both belong to the...

October 14, 2015 10:05 AM

By: Rebecca Ahlers

As a field agronomist, you see all sorts of interesting things in fields and never know what you may come across. I've seen and heard of slug injury early on in soybeans, but snails?


Crop Production, Insects and Mites
August 6, 2015 3:49 PM

Are you seeing yellow-ish spots showing up in your soybean fields, especially in compacted parts of the field? This could be the start of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). With how wet its been there year, we've had the ideal conditions for disease development. 


Plant Diseases