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IOWA STATE: APHID RESISTANT SOYBEANS TO BE AVAILABLE NEXT YEAR
Iowa State University reports:

Nine years after the invasive soybean aphid arrived from Asia, a team of ISU entomologists is studying the impact of various treatments for soybean aphids, which have become a force with which to be reckoned in Midwestern agriculture.

"Growers are very concerned about this pest, and they have a lot of questions," assistant professor of entomology Matthew O'Neal said. One of the biggest areas of focus for ISU's research team, which also includes soybean entomologist Erin Hodgson, is aphid-resistant soybeans.

O'Neal says they will be available for the first time in 2010 and should reduce the number of insecticide applications needed to manage the bug, though not eliminate the problem completely.

"Growers will still need to regularly scout fields to determine if aphid populations exceed the economic threshold and spray accordingly," he said.

View a fact sheet developed by O'Neal and Hodgson, click here


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