Source: Ohio State University

Results of fall scouting of soybean aphid indicate that soybean growers may face some level of soybean aphid populations next summer.

"We expect Ohio to continue its two-year cycle of very few if any aphids being found followed by low to moderate to even high populations somewhere in the state," said Ohio State University Extension entomologist Ron Hammond with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Hammond and his colleagues scouted for eggs on buckthorn, the pest's overwintering host, and found some eggs, although not as many as anticipated. However, given the observations recorded of aphids on buckthorn in other Midwest states, entomologist believe Ohio will likely see more aphids next year than in 2010.

"It is impossible to predict which regions of Ohio, if any, will experience outbreak conditions," said Hammond, explaining that factors ranging from the weather to natural predators all play a role in the severity of aphid populations. "At this time, growers should just be aware that scouting for aphids will probably be more important next summer during July and early August."
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