A new publication on scouting and management of field crop insects has been released by Iowa State University Extension. The project was funded by the Iowa Soybean Association. This handy publication is the latest in a series of practical and valuable reference tools for farmers to use in making crop management decisions.
"Correct recognition and identification of insect pests is an important first step to making a proper management decision regarding the control of any insects found in soybeans and corn fields," says Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension entomologist and one of the publication's authors. "Field Crop Insects is a comprehensive publication for farmers and ag professionals, and it's available in a format they can easily use. In addition to help with identification, the publication provides useful information about sampling and treatment thresholds."
Photos, descriptions of insects, damage they cause and management options
The 74-page publication is filled with vivid, full-color images and descriptions of insect pests and the damage they cause to soybeans and corn. Management options are provided as well as web addresses for access to more detailed insect control recommendations.
David Wright, ISA's director of contract research and strategic initiatives, says, "Insect pests are becoming more prevalent in Iowa as environmental conditions and cropping systems change. Minimizing yield loss from insects is essential for sustainable and profitable soybean and corn production. The imagery in this publication is incredibly detailed so it is easy to accurately identify problem pests. This resource is a great tool to have in the pickup, tractor or home office."
Funding for printing and distribution of the publication was provided by the Iowa Soybean Association through the soybean checkoff and Iowa State University Extension. Printed copies of Field Crop Insects can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Soybean Association at (800) 383-1423; they can also be ordered from the ISU Extension Online Store at http://store.extension.iastate.edu or by calling (515) 294-5247 and requesting publication CSI 0014. The guide can be viewed and downloaded online at www.iasoybeans.com/productionresearch/
To learn more about ISA, visit its website at www.iasoybeans.com.