IPM in the News

[4/23/2018] The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing a warning to landowners: Be cautious when buying and planting seed, especially for conservation plantings.

[4/11/2018] A new app to help you identify stinkbugs has been developed by the University of Minnesota Extension IPM Program, in partnership with the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center and Purdue University.

[4/5/2018] A recently published study points to the role Bt corn has had in the low European corn borer (ECB) populations in Minnesota during the last 10 years. 

[4/2/2018] Two new beekeeper - farmer communication fact sheets have been published and are available to download.

[3/5/2018] Jonathan Dregni (Graduate Student), Robert Koch (Assistant Professor & Extension Entomologist), and George Heimpel (Professor), Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Cooperators are needed for a U of MN survey of soybean field for a parasitic wasp of soybean aphid.  

[2/8/2018] UMN Extension will be hosting a workshop focused on soil health and cover crops for crop advisers and other ag professionals on February 28th at the Heintz Center in Rochester.

[2/6/2018] The University of Minnesota is partnering with nine other North Central states to close the soybean yield gap by combining big data from producers with location-specific modelling.

[2/1/2018] Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist, Bill Hutchison & Bob Koch, Extension Entomologist
(Information provided by US EPA and Jan Knodel, Extension Entomologist, NDSU, Fargo, ND)

There is an EPA open public comment period for ecological risk assessments for EPA registration review of four neonicotinoid insecticides. This open comment period ends Feb 20, 2018.

[11/27/2017] In September 2016, Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) was initially discovered and confirmed in Minnesota. To date, isolated populations have been documented in first year conservation plantings in Yellow Medicine, Lyon, Douglas and Todd Counties.

[10/7/2017] Entomologists Eric Burkness and Bill Hutchison have been working with area growers to find soutions to spotted wing drosophila infestations. 

[8/13/2017] Aphid trap catch was very high in several locations, with three sites topping 3 figures in vector counts (Ada at 217, Brooks at 173, and Humboldt at 205). 

[7/31/2017] There have been a number of reports of pyrethroid insecticide failures for soybean aphid management from northwest and central Minnesota, and northeastern North Dakota this year. However, many areas of Minnesota and North Dakota still have low, non-yield threatening aphid numbers and scouting should continue to determine when to apply insecticides.

Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist, was recently interviewed by Brownfield Ag News about soybean aphid.

Ken Ostlie, Entomologist at the U of MN, was recently interviewed by Brownfield Ag about scouting for corn rootworm beetles. 

There have been reports of insecticide failure in controlling soybean aphid in Northwestern Minnesota.

Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

Registration for the 2017 Field School for Ag Professionals, July 27 - 28 is now filling up. Please register soon to save your spot for this popular annual agronomy training. The Field School will be held at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota which is located in Falcon Heights, MN next to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Larpenteur and Gortner Ave.

Entomologists at the University of Minnesota continue to document and understand changes in European corn borer (ECB) populations in our state. 

U of MN Entomologist Bob Koch warns of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug threat to Minnesota farmers.

Bruce Potter has published a new post about Black Cutworm on the Minnesota Crop News Blog. 

The EPA has reopened the comment period for farmers to voice their concerns about new regulations governing the use of pyrethroids including bifenthrin, Lambda-cyhalothrin, and permethrin.