Soybean insect seminars March 17 semin

Soybean insect seminars March 17 semin Scientists of the USDA's Northern Grain Insects Laboratory and South Dakota State University will hold four seminars on soybean pests on Wednesday, March 17.

The seminars begin at 9 a.m. and conclude about 10:15 a.m. in the conference room of the Northern Grain Insects Laboratory, Brookings. The laboratory is one mile north of the SDSU campus at 2923 Medary Ave.

The seminars will give an update on emerging soybean pests including soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, and viruses.

SDSU graduate student researcher Eric Beckendorf will talk about soybean aphid biology. Leslie Hammack, a USDA Agricultural Research Service entomologist, will discuss bean leaf beetle biology.

SDSU Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui will discuss economic thresholds and treatment options. SDSU plant virologist Marie Langham will give an update on soybean viruses.

Refreshments will be served at about 10:15 a.m. followed by an open house at the laboratory until about 11:30 a.m.

The seminars are the result of research supported in part by a grant from the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

The Northern Grain Insects Research Lab is a facility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Questions about directions to the lab or other details can be addressed to Acting Research Leader Walt Riedell at (605) 693-5207, or Jennifer Beller at (605) 693-5239.

Learn more about the Northern Grain Insects Research Lab at its Web site,

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