April “I See Dead Plants” Podcast Episodes

Real Crop Scouts Ride Dinosaurs: The Tale of “At Field’s End”

Interviewees: Ed Sikora, Auburn University, and Adam Sisson, Iowa IPM program, Iowa State University 

Instant classic coffee table book, At Field’s End, is the culmination of creative passions mixing with expertise in the field. Sisson’s phytopoetry compliments Sikora’s beautiful photography of the plant diseased world we live in. Find out why “real crop scouts ride dinosaurs.”

The MD of the Plant World: UNL Doctor of Plant Health Program

Interviewee: Jeff Bradshaw, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jeff talks with Ed about the Doctor of Plant Health Program (DPH) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The DPH program educates plant doctors to develop and implement plant management systems that maximize economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Students are trained in every aspect of plant health, including entomology, weed science, soil science, plant science, leadership, and quantitative skills, leading to an interdisciplinary education that connects to agriculture.

Beetles Trying to Swarm Your Hops?: WSDA Japanese Beetle Eradication Program

Interviewee: Sven-Erik Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture 
The active Japanese beetle eradication program of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) differs from the typical treatment of Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles create large-scale destruction to garden plants and agricultural crops. The beetle is a serious threat to many of Washington’s thriving industries, including nurseries, turf grass, and specialty crops like hops. WSDA is working hard to eradicate the infestation through trapping, treatment, and quarantine. This multi-year effort is to protect Washington’s agricultural and recreational livelihood. 

What is SNIRT and Why is it Bad News for Soybean Growers?: An Overview of Soybean Cyst Nematode

Interviewees: Greg Tylka, Iowa State University, and Dylan Mangel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Listen in as the group discuss soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and the research and programming being used to combat this pest in Iowa and Nebraska. Dirty snow? Yeah – that’s snirt. Cysts and live eggs found in snirt proved that SCN is moving in the wind, even in the winter.