AMES, Iowa – Farmers, agronomists, and industry have the opportunity to learn about crop insects from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with its new "Getting to Know the Insects" publication and the upcoming Farm Progress Show.
"Getting to Know the Insects," an introductory publication about crop insect biology, identification and scouting, is now available to purchase for $2 at the online Extension Store. The publication includes information about the life cycle of common crop insects, how to scout for insects and different collecting techniques. It is geared toward new agronomists and crop consultants, farmers who do not have a lot of experience in insect identification and interested youth.
“Insect identification is not easy, but can be improved with a little practice and time in the field,” said Erin Hodgson, associate professor and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State University. “Understanding the biology, life cycle and identification of insects is essential for pest management in row crops.”
The second half describes big insect disorders commonly seen in field crops, and includes full-color graphics to help readers identify the most common corn and soybean pests. A short glossary and tips for finding more detailed information is also included.
“I hope readers gain an appreciation for the diversity and abundance of insects in the environment,” said Hodgson.
Farm Progress Show
Hodgson will be discussing current pest resistance issues, specifically corn rootworm and soybean aphid, during her presentation in the ISU tent at the 2016 Farm Progress Show. Hodgson will be the first ISU speaker to take the stage on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. She also will be available in the Iowa State tent on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to answer crop pest-related questions.
Feel free to stop by the exhibit, located at the corner of Central Avenue and 7th St., to talk to experts, view demonstrations and listen to experts talk on the speaker stage throughout the show. Keep up on Twitter during the Farm Progress Show by using or searching #IowaStateFPS or by following the crops Twitter account @ISUCropNews.
The Iowa State speaker schedule can be found at http://register.extension.iastate.edu/2016fps/isu-speakers. Take a look at the Ask the Expert schedule to know when ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will be available for questions, http://register.extension.iastate.edu/2016fps/ask-the-expert.