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When is it Too Late to Spray for Soybean Aphid?

August 8, 2018
soybean aphid

Soybean aphid is the most important insect pest of soybean in Iowa. Foliar insecticides, mostly pyrethroids and organophosphates, have been the primary management tactic for soybean aphid in Iowa since 2001. Regular scouting and timely treatments will protect yield. Our research and extension program at Iowa State University (ISU) is focused on evaluating insecticide efficacy for soybean aphid on a wide range of products. We are also screening soybean aphid populations for pyrethroid resistance in northern Iowa.

You “Mite” Want to Scout Drought-Stressed Crops

August 6, 2018
twospotted spider mite

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, southeastern and south central Iowa are experiencing prolonged heat and moisture stress. In early August, there were twospotted spider mites detected in corn and beans. I recommend scouting corn and soybean fields for mite infestations this month, especially in these areas.

SCN Development in 2018

August 6, 2018
Map the initial soybean cyst nematode (SCN) egg population densities (top) and an aerial image (bottom) taken in September of the sampled area in an SCN-infested field at the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm just south of Kanawha, Iowa.

The activities of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) are significantly affected by environmental conditions. Greatest SCN reproduction occurs during hot, dry conditions. SCN development likely is accelerated this season, and hastened development could result in greater-than-normal increases in SCN numbers. Every year, as fall approaches, patches of early-maturing plants will begin to appear in soybean fields. Early-maturing patches in soybean fields can be an indirect symptom of SCN damage. Farmers are encouraged to have fields soil sampled to determine SCN population densities prior to growing soybean crops and to take an active, integrated approach to managing the nematode.

Check Your Corn for Aphids

August 1, 2018
bird cherry oat aphid

Since 2010, aphids have been colonizing corn later in the summer and are building up to striking levels in Iowa. They can be found at the base of the stalk, around the ear and sometimes above the ear leaf. It seems these aphids have been sighted in corn again this summer (Photo 1).

New Soybean Pest in Iowa: Soybean Gall Midge

July 31, 2018
soybean gall midge

In 2016 and 2017, there were isolated reports of soybean injury by soybean gall midge in northwest Iowa. Confirmations were reported in 2011 from Nebraska and in 2015 from South Dakota. In 2018, the distribution in Iowa has spread to twelve Iowa counties (Figure 1). This article hopes to raise awareness about a new soybean pest and confirm any additional infested Iowa counties.

Crop Injury Associated with Growth Regulator Herbicides

July 3, 2018

While off-target dicamba injury to soybean has dominated the news the past year, it is important to recognize that dicamba is not the only Group 4 herbicide (HG4) capable of injuring soybean. These herbicides mimic the activity of indole acetic acid (IAA), a hormone that regulates the activity of numerous genes involved in plant growth. IAA also is referred to as auxin. HG4 products can induce plant responses at lower doses than most other herbicide groups, thus off-target injury has been a problem since their introduction in the 1940’s. This article will discuss some of

Weather Conditions Ripe for Physoderma Brown Spot and Node Rot and Gray Leaf Spot

June 29, 2018
physoderma brown spot on corn

With most corn in Iowa at the V7-V12 range, it’s important to be aware of potential corn diseases at this particular time. Given the wet growing conditions over the last month, corn in parts of Iowa will be very susceptible to Physoderma brown spot and node rot, caused by the fungus Physoderma maydis, and gray leaf spot, caused by the fungus Cercospora zeae-maydis.

Potential Nitrogen Loss - 2018

June 22, 2018
rainfaill map april 1 to june 22

High rainfall in some areas the past couple of weeks has produced another wet spring in Iowa. This leads to questions about nitrogen (N) loss and need for supplemental N application to corn. Unfortunately, this question has become almost the norm - I have written approximately 20 articles on the subject since 2007.