- Iowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow
- Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey
- Iowa Schools Have New Resource for Farm to School Efforts
- Local Farm Business Used FSA Loan Opportunity to Startup
- Food and Farm Policy is Focus of Public Meeting May 25 in Polk City
- Introduction to High Tunnel Course Offered Online
- Level 1 GAP Training Available Through Online Videos
In recent years, the only method for recertification for commercial applicators for category 1D Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control was through exam while private applicators could recertify through testing or by attending continuing instructional courses (CICs) designed for corn and soybean producers. New this year, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Pesticide Bureau has granted approval for recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference.
Link to recorded video conference and handouts plus Calculating Growing Degree days how-to and excel file.
Summer seasonal pests have emerged including squash bugs and stink bugs. However, for the most part, population numbers are fairly low compared to other years. For squash bugs, controlling nymphs early, often, and with the right product is the key to managing their populations. Nymphs, just after hatch, are susceptible to insecticides but as they mature they grow out of their insecticide susceptibility. Economic thresholds are at least one egg mass per plant. When scouting, look for reddish/bronze colored eggs on the underside of cucurbit leaves. Products