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IPM Podcast: Soybean aphid alert and IPM update

Welcome to the 5th IPM Podcast for Field Crops – this Podcast is sponsored by the UMN Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.

During the past week soybean aphid populations have been increasing in several soybean fields, in southern and northwest production areas of Minnesota. Consequently, this is the time of year when fields should be scouted for soybean aphid, to determine if treatment is warranted.

In this week’s podcast we feature Dr. Bob Koch, Extension Entomologist, to provide an update on the status of soybean aphid infestations in Minnesota, as well as current IPM recommendations.

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Soybean aphid infestations are developing: Recommendations for scouting and managing insecticide resistance
by Robert Koch (Extension Entomologist), Bruce Potter (Extension IPM Specialist), Phil Glogoza (Regional Extension Educator)

Scouting for soybean aphids in Minnesota soybean fields should be underway. While aphid populations are low in most fields, we have received reports of increasing soybean aphid numbers. In parts of central Minnesota, some of these fields are nearing threshold levels and will likely require insecticide treatment soon to protect yield. Early-planted soybean in areas with moderate rainfall this year might see significant aphid populations first. However, aphids are now spreading to other fields putting them at risk too. Below, we provide an overview of scouting recommendations and updates on insecticide resistant soybean aphids.
Scouting and threshold: How will you know if any of your soybean fields are at economic risk from soybean aphid? The decision to appl…

Soybean Aphid Surveys and What is beginning to Develop Regionally

It is that time of year when soybean aphid populations require monitoring. We have been scouting fields across the region for three weeks now. As aphids colonize fields and increase their numbers, it becomes a great time to begin scouting and start to track the population's progress over the next five weeks. The joint MN-ND soybean survey map provides a regional perspective on where early aphid activity is underway.

Zero interest loans available for farmers affected by flooding in 36 Minnesota counties and one Tribal Nation

This Minnesota Department of Agriculture news release was published by MDA media communications specialist Margaret Hart on July 6, 2018.  Please direct questions to Ms. Hart at: (651) 201-6131 or

Minnesota farmers affected by the recent flooding can take advantage of a zero-percent Disaster Loan Program offered by the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The program helps farmers cover flood clean-up, repair, and replacement costs not covered by insurance.

The severe summer storms, which began on June 9, 2018, have caused significant flooding and damage to farm property in the Red Lake Nation and 36 counties including Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Jackson, Kittson, Lake, Lyon, Mahnomen, Martin, Mille Lacs, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, St. Louis, Waseca, and Watonwan.

The loans can be u…

Extension plot tours to kick off in NW MN next week