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Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth 2017

Introduction to IPMThe Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is pleased to present the seventh annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth. High school students (those completing grades 9-12) from Iowa are invited to compete and showcase crop scouting abilities in corn and soybean. The competition will be a one day event focusing on outdoor learning.

Field Crop Insects

Field Crop Insects is a publication that is a cooperative effort between the Iowa Soybean Association and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The publication contains descriptions and images of many pest insects as well as information on insect life cycle, damage, scouting and management options. Correct recognition and identification of insect pests is an important first step to making a proper management decision regarding any insect species found in soybean and corn.

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Pests

Resistance is showing up in weeds, insects and disease pathogens in Iowa and has the potential to impact yields, increase the cost of production, and limit farmers’ future
pest management options.

Examples of Resistant Weeds

Common cocklebur, common lambsquarters, common sunflower, giant foxtail, giant ragweed, horseweed, Kochia, Pennsylvania smartweed, waterhemp, and recently, Palmer amaranth.

Examples of Resistant Insects

Western corn rootworm, also soybean aphid populations near, but not yet inside, Iowa.

Examples of Resistant Diseases

Soybean cyst nematode and frogeye leaf spot.

Pilot projects will be selected from these pest options and will be used to inform management option strategies as well as collaborative efforts within communities to resolve resistant pest issues.

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What is the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan?

The Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan (IPRMP) is an Iowa-specific plan to address pests--including weeds, insects and diseases--that can adapt and become resistant to chemical, genetic, and agronomic control practices. The IPRMP outlines approaches for effective, integrated management solutions that will sustainably control pests. By fostering methods to detect resistance, resistance can be delayed or even prevented, limiting the spread of pest resistance.

IPRMP Questions and Answers

Click here to learn more about the IPRMP. 

Version 1 of the IPRMP is here

IPRMP Introduction--Webinar Recording

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Research proves herbicide selection non-issue with SDS

May 15, 2014

Sudden death syndrome in soybeanThe world’s most widely used weed killer is not responsible for perpetuating Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans, research shows. A collaborative effort among soybean researchers in the United States and Canada and found that glyphosate does not increase SDS severity or adversely affect yields in soybean fields. Scientists from five Midwest universities and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, led by Daren Mueller of Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, participated in the three-year study.

2014 Crop Scouting Competition Open to High School Students

April 28, 2014

AMES, Iowa — The Integrated Pest Management program at Iowa State University is hosting its fourth crop scouting competition on Aug. 5 for teams of Iowa high school students. Organizers announced the 2014 theme, Crop Scouting Innovations, this week along with extending an invitation to participate to teams of high school students (those completing grades 9-12).

Japanese Beetles Emerge in Iowa

June 13, 2014

Japanese beetle is becoming a more common field crop pest in Iowa. Literature shows adults need about 1,030 growing degree days (base 50°F) to complete development. Japanese beetles will continue emergence until around 2,150 degree days. Based on accumulating degree day temperatures in 2014, Japanese beetle adults should be active in some areas of southeastern and southwestern Iowa this week (Fig. 1). Expect adults to emerge in central and northern Iowa in about 7-14 days if warm temperatures continue.

Managing White Mold in Soybean

July 7, 2014

Farmers in the Midwest may be concerned about white mold (also called Sclerotinia stem rot) in soybean this year. The disease, caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, is not common every year, but farmers who have battled the disease in the past will want to assess the risk of white mold development as soybeans approach flowering (growth stage R1 – plants have at least one open flower at any node).

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