Journal of Economic Entomology (2020) 113, 940-948

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Ashley N. Dean, Shelby Pritchard, John C. Tyndall, Erin W. Hodgson and Matthew E. O'Neal (2020)
Evaluating soybean aphid-resistant varieties in different environments to estimate financial outcomes
Journal of Economic Entomology 113 (2), 940-948
Abstract: Farmers face many choices when selecting seed for soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) production, including highly desired herbicide tolerance traits. Despite the convenience of herbicide tolerance, resistant weeds and technology fees may reduce utility and profitability of these varieties, especially when commodity prices are low. Sporadic outbreaks of soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura, Hemiptera: Aphididae) that require insecticide use for optimal yield can be a further complication for farmers in Iowa. Soybean aphid-resistant varieties are commercially available, but in limited genetic backgrounds without herbicide tolerance. We hypothesized yield and value of resistance traits will vary based on the environment. We established plots at two locations with different risks of soybean aphid outbreaks and used two planting dates at each location to mimic different yield environments. In 2016 and 2017, we planted four varieties that varied in their susceptibility to soybean aphids and glyphosate, and applied insecticides if aphid populations reached an economic threshold. Regardless of genetic background, aphid-resistant varieties prevented populations from reaching the economic threshold at all environments. We observed no significant difference in yield between resistant and susceptible varieties, revealing this trait is as effective at protecting yield as an insecticide application on susceptible varieties at the high-risk location. We also explored the value of each variety in different environments. Resistant varieties produced greater potential net revenue than susceptible varieties at the high-risk location, while the opposite occurred at the low-risk location. Resistant varieties with herbicide tolerance, if made available, would be the most valuable across all environments.
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Database assignments for author(s): Erin W. Hodgson, Matthew E. O'Neal

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
pesticide resistance of pest
damage/losses/economics


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Aphis glycines Soybean (Glycine max) U.S.A. (mid N)