Iowa soybean growers have a new source of pest management information for the 2008 growing season. Iowa State University and the Iowa Soybean Association have worked together to develop a comprehensive soybean resource titled "The Soybean Disease & Pest Management Field Guide."
The field guide is a pocket-size spiral-bound 51-page booklet that contains the latest science-based recommendations. That includes planting tips to increase yield, including the most profitable plant population for today's seed varieties, row spacing recommendations and planting date recommendations.
The guide also includes a section on identifying soybean diseases that limit yield. The insect identification section includes images that will enable the user to easily identify insects that damage the crop, as well as beneficial insects that help keep other insects under control.
New pests continue to test farmers
"New challenges continue to test the skills of soybean producers," says Curt Sindergard, Iowa Soybean Association president and farmer from Rolfe in northwest Iowa. "From managing soil fertility and profitable planting populations to insect and disease identification and management, this guide will enable soybean growers to meet those challenges with confidence."
"Maximizing soybean production requires careful management of the crop," says Palle Pedersen, Iowa State University Extension soybean agronomist. "This publication provides growers with the latest research-based soybean production information and will help growers identify production problems accurately when scouting their soybeans."
The pocket-sized book is designed to fit conveniently in a pocket or a glove compartment. The field guide pages are laminated so the user can take it to the field without worry of damage to the pocket guide.
Get your own copy of this guide
You can pick up the Soybean Disease & Pest Management Field Guide at your local Iowa State University Extension office or at local crop input suppliers that are ISU Corn and Soybean Initiative partners. Or call the Iowa Soybean Association at (800) 383-1423. The guide is also available as publication "CSI 0010" through the Iowa State University Extension Distribution Center (515) 294-5247 or www.extension.iastate.edu/store/. The publication is offered at no cost by ISU through a partnership with ISA and the soybean checkoff.
To learn more about ISA, visit www.iasoybeans.com. ISA develops policies and programs that help farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The ISA is governed by an elected volunteer board of 21 farmers.