A new video from IPM Specialist Bruce Potter is available on SWROC's YouTube channel giving important tips for late-season soybean aphid scouting. View it here. Please contact Bruce Potter or Emily Neperman if you have any topics ideas for future videos you'd like to see.
September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol.
FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of conditions and disabilities that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD cannot be cured and the damage to the brain is permanent. The only cause of FASD is alcohol use during pregnancy, so FASD is completely preventable.
The SWROC provided a ConnectU professional development workshop of FASD in 2009 leading to families requesting more resources. To access the resources provided, click here.
Organic Ben Field Day will be held at the Carmen Fernholz farm near Madison, MN on Friday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The University of Minnesota and partners have been conducting research at the Fernholz farm to aid in improving soybean and dry bean varieties for organic systems. Field day attendees will learn about multiple varieties of both general purpose and food-type organic soybeans, dry bean breeding, and the effect of certain agronomic practices have on yield. Click here for more information.
The SWROC has released soil moisture readings for August 15, 2014. Soil moisture levels on 8/15 accounted for a total of 2.32" of available moisture which is 1.91" below the historic average of 4.23". View the 2014 Soil Moisture info and a comparative chart on the SWROC weather page, located under the Available Soil Water heading.
Bruce Potter and Travis Vollmer are collecting Black Cutworm data from around Minnesota. The newsletters contain information on the black cutworm, its biology, damage to crops and management decisions.
Insecticide (and miticide) resistance is a heritable decrease in a pest population's susceptibility to a pesticide, meaning the genetics are passed from generation to generation. As pest populations become less susceptible to a pesticide, the utility of that pesticide becomes less and less effective to a point where the pesticides may become effectively lost as tools for management of that pest. Read the entire Extension Fact Sheet "Insecticide Resistance Management in Soybeans" (pdf) to learn IPM strategies recommended for insect and mite pests in MN soybeans. This face sheet was written by Robert Koch and Ian MacRae, Extension Entomologists, as well as Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist.