Thursday, August 11, 2011

Learn how to use Speed Scouting for Soybean Aphid

Now is critical time to scout and make treatment decisions for soybean aphid in Iowa. But sampling whole plants during pod set and seed fill can be very time consuming! I created a sampling plan in 2005 called Speed Scouting for Soybean Aphid. It's a binomial sequential sampling plan that should save growers and crop consultants a lot of time out in the beans.

The Plant Management Network is offering a FREE webinar about how to use Speed Scouting. Visit the Focus on Soybean section under the Resources tab to view open access webinars, or simply click here. I spend about 15 minutes going over the sampling plan and show a few examples of how it works.

Go to my ISU faculty website to get blank Speed Scouting forms. I am interested in hearing about your experience with Speed Scouting. Tell me if you like it or even if you don't. There will be a tablet/smartphone app with Speed Scouting available for next summer.

Scouting for aphids is a difficult task in August - try Speed Scouting to make your life easier! Photo by Brent Pringnitz.

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