ISU Releases Soybean Aphid Management Info on CD-ROM

January 29th, 2004

An Iowa State University emeritus professor of animal science has been inducted into the American Poultry Historical Society Hall of Fame. Jerry Sell, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, was honored Jan. 28 during the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association award ceremony at the International PoulThe Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) at Iowa State University has released a soybean aphid-training continuing education course for Certified Crop Advisers and soybean producers.

Soybean aphids have caused significant yield losses since they were first noticed in the Midwest soybean region in the fall of 2000. Brent Brueland, agronomy instructional development specialist and CAI coordinator, co-authored the course, which offers management recommendations on how to control the pest.

"The course material features many detailed, high quality photographs to supplement learning. It also includes video of live aphids viewed through a microscope to give a close-up look at the pest," Brueland said.

The course, available on CD-ROM, provides details on the insect's life cycle, identification, damage potential, geographical distribution and management. It contains an optional examination that may be completed for a continuing education unit (CEU) credit with the American Society of Agronomy.

Brueland authored the interactive course with Marlin Rice, Iowa State extension entomologist; Palle Pedersen, Iowa State extension soybean specialist; and Todd Vagts and Brian Lang, both Iowa State extension crop specialists.

The course is available in two versions. The version for CEU credit is $30 and the non-credit version is $5 (plus shipping). The CAI is a partnership between departments within the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension. The institute offers a variety of other courses for CEU credit. To order a copy of the module or view a complete list of available courses visit


Brent Brueland, Crop Adviser Institute, (515) 294-7546,
Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-1890,