Ames, IA — Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Director Daren Mueller, and fellow Iowa State University Plant Pathology and Microbiology faculty and researchers received the Intermedia-Globe Silver Award for their editorial direction on their educational film, “Soybean Rust: The Life Cycle of Phakopsora pachyrhizi.” The film was selected by the International World Media Festival jury as
The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience Monarchs on the Move challenge tour is underway in Iowa, and geared up to hit over 70 events throughout the remainder of the spring and summer. So far, the tour has stopped in nine locations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field days and events, with many more to come.
The Field Extension Education Lab has five clinics/workshops this summer in July and August. Below is a list of programming updates that correlate with current farmer concerns and this year’s crop issues:
- New to the lineup this year is the Field Diagnostic Clinic, which will be held the day before the Crop Management Clinic.
- The Crop Management Clinic will only be one day instead of two.
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean John Lawrence and Iowa farmer Larry Buss of Logan today announced the release of the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan. A video of the announcement is available here.
Version 1 of the IPRMP is an Iowa-specific plan that seeks to engage farmers on the issue of pest resistance management with the goal of keeping technology and tools such as pesticides, seed treatments and biotechnology products and native traits available and effective.
The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page to ask questions and for updates and more pictures.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the clinic. We have seen impatiens downy mildew, botrytis blight on peony, and raspberry cane borer.
Since 2000, soybean aphid has been the primary soybean insect pest in Iowa. Infestations are sporadic and unpredictable, but this insect has the ability to cause significant yield loss during periods of optimal reproduction. Several notable infestations have been reported, particularly in north-central Iowa, this week, and therefore scouting to determine population densities is strongly encouraged. Fields that have a fairly uniform infestation with low densities (e.g., 50% of plants infested with an average of 40 aphids per plant) should be closely monitored in August.