AMES, Iowa – A forum will be held Sept. 5 to discuss a new insect threat that is being found in Iowa. The forum will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis.
The soybean gall midge has been identified in 12 Iowa counties: Lyon, O’Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass and Page. It also has been observed in several counties in eastern Nebraska. The insect has been observed in Iowa since 2015 and there have been reports of soybean injury as a result of soybean gall midge in both 2016 and 2017.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach agronomists and entomologists will be present during the event to discuss current information on soybean gall midge and provide observations from this and previous growing seasons.
Erin Hodgson, associate professor and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State University, will share current information on the soybean gall midge. Aaron Saeugling, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Ryan Rusk, farmer and seed dealer from northwest Iowa, also will provide insight into their experience with these pests.
The Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 53020 Hitchcock Ave., Lewis, Iowa.