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Minnesota CropCast: Dr. Robert Koch talks insect management for MN soybean growers

Dr. Robert Koch is best known for leading the U of MN’s soybean entomology program. Bob has been forced to react to changes in Minnesota’s insect, weather and economic challenges confronting Minnesota soybean growers. In this episode he talks with Dave Nicolai about his applied research and extension activities as well as his personal and academic background. Bob provided an update of his work concerning the management of soybean aphid such as control strategies when dealing with insecticide resistance. Bob and his lab personnel have conducted in-depth lab and field analysis of different insecticide resistance issues facing soybean growers in many areas of Minnesota. Bob has also provided leadership and close coordination with other Minnesota Integrated Pest Management specialists in the study and control options for new and invasive insects which can affect Minnesota soybeans such as the Gall Midge and other defoliator insects. Finally, Dr. Koch provided an update about the current 2023 soybean growing season as effected by the drought and an outlook for the rest of the growing season for insect issues. Dr. Koch has advised many graduate students and their research activities over the last several years and serves as resource for extension educators across Minnesota.

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What is Minnesota CropCast?

Hosts David Nicolai and Seth Naeve discuss the progress and challenges of Minnesota's agronomic crops in this new podcast. They are joined by a diversity of specialists representing all crops and agronomic disciplines to discuss their research and its impact on future Minnesota crops. Dave Nicolai is a crops Extension educator and Seth Naeve is the Extension soybean agronomist.

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