Midwest soybean gall midge webinar series to be held

COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION

Since its discovery as a new species in 2019, soybean gall midge (Fig. 1a) continues to be found in new counties across five states in the Midwest. For some growers, the presence of soybean gall midge had a significant impact on soybean yield (Fig. 1b). The persistence of this new pest in existing areas and its presence in new counties highlight the need to stay up to date on the latest research-based information.

Figure 1. Soybean gall midge larvae (1a) and soybean gall midge infested soybean (1b).

Webinar series

Researchers from four midwestern states have developed a two-part webinar series consisting of several short talks with time for discussion. Growers, consultants, educators and industry representatives are encouraged to join these free webinars. Registration is required, and two CCA credits will be available.

On Feb. 15, you can get the latest multi-state update on the distribution of soybean gall midge, important scouting tips and information on the ecology of soybean gall midge. Learn about data collected in 2021 on its distribution in a field as well as the challenges with insecticide applications.

On Feb 22, you can get firsthand knowledge on the ongoing and upcoming potential strategies for soybean gall midge. Knowing and understanding these strategies will be critical for the development of successful, long-term pest management for soybean gall midge.

Webinars will start at 10 a.m. CST. Go to z.umn.edu/SoybeanGallMidge2022 to register and for more information.