Webinar: Creating a Regional Trapping Network for Corn Rootworm Adults

Ashley Dean, Education Extension Specialist from Iowa State University, will share, “Creating a Regional Trapping Network for Corn Rootworm Adults,” at the next Pests and Progress Webinar on Wednesday, August 17, at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Ashley Dean, Education Extension Specialist from Iowa State University
Ashley Dean, Education Extension Specialist from Iowa State University

Corn rootworm is a serious economic pest of corn throughout the North Central region, and this pest can be persistent, especially in areas with continuous corn production. Management continues to be challenging as corn rootworms readily adapt to limited management strategies.

In 2021, a network was established that included university, industry, and government personnel from 12 states and 5 provinces to provide a unified message about corn rootworm management and to develop a shared protocol for monitoring corn rootworm adults across our wide geography. The goals of the trapping network are to increase scouting efforts in corn, understand changes across years, and identify any trends across the region. This trapping effort is ongoing. Join this webinar to hear highlights from the 2021 trapping network and to learn how to get involved.

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The July Pests and Progress Webinar featured Philip Rozeboom from South Dakota State University. Rozeboom shared, “South Dakota Integrated Pest Management Program Highlights,” and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

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Webinar: South Dakota Integrated Pest Management Program Highlights

Philip Rozeboom, IPM coordinator from South Dakota State University, will share, “South Dakota Integrated Pest Management Program Highlights,” at the next Pests and Progress Webinar on Wednesday, July 20, at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Philip Rozeboom

The South Dakota Integrated Pest Management program (SDIPM) aims to promote IPM throughout South Dakota with emphasis on agronomic crops, specialty crops, pollinator health, pesticide applicators, public health, and diagnostic clinics. The overarching goal of the SDIPM program is to encourage stakeholders to make informed decisions for pest management to reduce input costs and environmental impacts of pesticides through the reduction of unnecessary and inappropriate applications.

Through these efforts, the SDIPM program has helped stakeholders throughout South Dakota prevent pests from reaching economically damaging levels while also minimizing economic inputs and potential risks associated with human, property, and environmental impacts of the pesticides. Rozeboom will be highlighting successes of the SDIPM program, as well as some of the challenges and changes for the future of IPM outreach in South Dakota.

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The June Pests and Progress Webinar featured Adam Sisson from Iowa State University. Sisson shared, “Multistate Extension: The Crop Protection Network,” and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

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Webinar: Multistate Extension: The Crop Protection Network

Adam Sisson, Industry Extension Specialist from the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management Program, will share, “Multistate Extension: The Crop Protection Network,” at the next Pests and Progress Webinar on Wednesday, June 15, at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Adam Sisson, Industry Extension Specialist, Iowa State University
Adam Sisson, Industry Extension Specialist, Iowa State University

The Crop Protection Network (CPN) is a multi-state and international collaboration of extension crop protection specialists who work to provide information to farmers and agricultural personnel.

The CPN supports stakeholders through the implementation of online tools for crop scouts and researchers, regularly publishing impactful content, developing continuing education opportunities, podcasting, and creating a network or over 150 specialists from 34 U.S states and Ontario, Canada. CPN works to increase extension collaboration and deliver powerful, consistent messaging through multi-state efforts.

Learn more about CPN, how to get involved, and where to find resources that can save you time as you prepare your outreach materials. Please register to receive the link to this free online presentation.

The May Pests and Progress Webinar featured Erin Lizotte from Michigan State University. Lizotte shared, “Michigan State University IPM Program Highlights,” and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

Examples of Crop Protection Network resources.
Examples of Crop Protection Network resources.
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Tick Academy has moved to June

The third annual Tick Academy will be held in June instead of September. Join in person in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Register now to attend.

Highlights of the full day workshop include

  • A field demonstration of tick collection and tick control methods, by Scott Larson (PhD)
  • How to set up a tick surveillance program, Jon Oliver (PhD)
  • A Tick-borne diseases presentation, Jon Oliver (PhD)
  • Tick identification using a microscope, Scott Larson (PhD)

The Tick Academy is organized by the Public Tick IPM Working Group, and the complete agenda is available on the Working Group’s website.

The early registration discount ends June 10.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion. If interested in CEUs, please contact Leah McSherry.

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Webinar: Michigan State University IPM Program Highlights

Erin Lizotte, IPM coordinator and senior IPM educator from Michigan State University, will share, “Michigan State University IPM Program Highlights,” at the next Pests and Progress Webinar on Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Erin Lizotte, IPM Coordinator and Senior IPM Educator from Michigan State University
Erin Lizotte, IPM Coordinator and Senior IPM Educator from Michigan State University

Michigan agriculture is exceptionally diverse with more than 300 commodities contributing an estimated $104 billion dollars to the state’s economy annually. The agri-food system accounts for an estimated 805,000 jobs, representing more than 20% of the state’s workforce. Michigan farms and their economic outputs are at risk from rapidly evolving pest challenges, including invasive pests, climate change, consumer perceptions, pesticide resistance, and regulatory challenges. The objectives of the Michigan State University Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) project address the CPPM focus areas of plant protection tools and tactics and use of IPM for sustainable communities. The goals of this effort are to increase agriculture and community stakeholder awareness, knowledge and adoption of IPM practices and tools through traditional and novel outreach efforts.

Please register to receive the link to this free online presentation.

Ladybug pupa.
Ladybug pupa.

The April Pests and Progress Webinar featured Dr. Janet Knodel from North Dakota State University. Knodel shared, “EIP Highlights for North Dakota,” and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

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Webinar: EIP Highlights for North Dakota

Janet Knodel, professor and Extension entomologist from North Dakota State University, will share, “EIP Highlights for North Dakota,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Janet Knodel, professor and Extension entomologist from North Dakota State University.
Dr. Janet Knodel, professor and Extension entomologist from North Dakota State University.

Dr. Knodel will present details about several North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities. The Crop Survey Program trains field scouts to watch for pest damage and provides advice on IPM approaches when pests are found.

Several online features allow stakeholders to stay informed, including the NDSU Extension IPM website, the Crop and Pest Report website, the NDSU Extension Crop and Pest Report newsletter and Facebook pages and the NDSU Extension Pest Management App. Extension meetings and field days are also held regularly.


NDSU Extension efforts to support pollinators include fact sheets, an Extension Master Gardener Program, and numerous pollinator trainings along with an annual field day.  The NDSU IPM program also supports two secondary priorities: the North Dakota State University Plant Diagnostic Lab and IPM education for Pesticide Applicators.

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The March Pests and Progress webinar featured Jim Jasinski from Ohio State University. Jasinski shared, “From Bees to Beans, a Five Part Review of the OSU IPM Program,” and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

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Webinar: From Bees to Beans, a Five Part Review of the OSU IPM Program

Jim Jasinski, professor and IPM program coordinator from Ohio State University, will share, “From Bees to Beans, a Five Part Review of the OSU IPM Program,” on Wednesday, March 16 at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Jim Jasinski, professor and IPM program coordinator
Jim Jasinski, professor and IPM program coordinator at Ohio State University.

Jasinski will describe the key projects and accomplishments of the Ohio IPM Program, including details about specialty crops, agronomic crops, bed bug IPM, pollinator health and support of the Pest Diagnostic Clinic.

The Ohio State University IPM Program serves diverse stakeholders, including growers, underserved audiences, commodity associations, residents, small businesses, government officials and nongovernmental organizations. To meet the diverse needs of these groups, a variety of tools and outreach strategies are used and will be described in this session.

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The February Pests and Progress webinar featured Anthony Hanson from University of Minnesota. Hanson shared, “Region-wide Surveys and Pest Forecasting for Advancing Minnesota IPM,” and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

hio State University Extension publication describing recent IPM program successes.

Ohio State University Extension publication describing recent IPM program successes.

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Webinar: Region-wide Surveys and Pest Forecasting for Advancing Minnesota IPM

Dr. Anthony Hanson, IPM Extension Educator & IPM Co-coordinator from University of Minnesota, will share, “Region-wide Surveys and Pest Forecasting for Advancing Minnesota IPM,” on Wednesday, February 16 at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Dr. Anthony Hanson, IPM Extension Educator & IPM Co-coordinator
Dr. Anthony Hanson, IPM Extension Educator & IPM Co-coordinator

Efficient pest management revolves around understanding what’s actually developing in individual fields. What pests are present? Is it the right time of year to look? Is the pest population high enough to justify treatment? While scouting your fields can help you make insect management decisions, region-wide surveys and pest forecasts can help you stay aware of increasing pest threats in order to determine when focused scouting is needed.

Grasshopper on soybeans
Grasshopper pest on soybeans

Join Hanson’s webinar to learn about tools that will help you know when to scout. These tools from the University of Minnesota Extension include the spring and summer western MN IPM survey for small grains and soybeans, the fall European corn borer survey, and degree-day maps for forecasting pest development and critical scouting time.

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The January Pests and Progress webinar featured Frannie Miller from Kansas State University. Miller shared details from Kansas State University Extension, and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

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Webinar: Navigating the Waters of IPM Educational Program

Frannie Miller, Pesticide Safety and IPM Coordinator from Kansas State University, will share, “Navigating the Waters of IPM Educational Programming,” on Wednesday, January 19 at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Frannie Miller
Frannie Miller, Pesticide Safety and IPM Coordinator from Kansas State University

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Extension efforts as Kansas State University includes traditional hands-on training along with demonstrations of digital resources that can help guide IPM decision making. Extension efforts at Kansas State focus on four topics: agronomic crops, pesticide applicator, communities and pollinator health.

Please register to receive the link to this free online presentation.

The December Pests and Progress webinar featured Jed Colquhoun from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Colquhoun shared details from the Wisconsin IPM program, and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

Kansas State Garden Hour banner
Kansas State Garden Hour banner
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Webinar: Adapting the Wisconsin IPM Program to the New Normal

Jed Colquhoun, Professor and IPM Program Director from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present, “Adapting the Wisconsin IPM Program to the New Normal in Outreach Delivery: Successes, Challenges and a Balanced Way Forward.” This Pests and Progress webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 15 at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT).

Jed Colquhoun
Jed Colquhoun, University of Wisconsin-Madison

During the past 1.5 years during COVID-19, efforts to continue IPM programming online have led to opportunities to deliver efficient, timely and impactful outreach to diverse and broad audiences. This modernized delivery lined up well with the improved statewide rural broadband Internet access in Wisconsin, allowing the next generation of farmers greater access to learning opportunities.

Moving forward, the Wisconsin-Madison IPM team will combine traditional outreach methods, which are still valuable, with interactive and engaging online programming. In this presentation Colquhoun will share recent successes, challenges and ideas for IPM extension in the “new normal” of outreach programming.

You must register to receive the link to this free online presentation.

The November Pests and Progress webinar featured Diane Plewa from the University of Illinois. Ms. Plewa shared details from the Illinois IPM program, and the recording is available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

Farmer group after in-person Extension training
In-person extension outreach opportunities will resume in Wisconsin alongside virtual learning opportunities.
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