News from the Ag Insects Team

  1. Entomopathogenic nematodes for Asiatic garden beetle control handout now available

    Feb 19, 2020

    Graduate Student, Adrian Pekarcik, along with collaborators Eric Richer and Kelley Tilmon have developed a handy resource for Growers interested in using entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) as a control option against the Asiatic garden beetle in field crops. Entomopathogenic stands for "insect killing" and these nematodes are not like the plant parasitic nematodes.

  2. Updated 2020 Bt Trait Table now Available

    Feb 5, 2020

    There are numerous Bt traits available in corn seed that can vary year to year, leaving growers overwhelmed when choosing a seed to purchase for their farm. Thanks to Michigan State University colleague, Dr. Chris DiFonzo, a "Handy Bt Trait Table" is available to assist with this complicated decision. Thanks to Dr. DiFonzo's efforts, the Bt Trait table is now in it's 18th year of publication. If you have any questions or comments should be directed to her( or 517-353-5328).

  3. Adrian Awarded 1st place at ESA in P-IE, Molecular & Cell Biology / Novel Tools Section

    Dec 3, 2019

    Congratulations to Tilmon Lab Ph.D. Candidate, Adrian Pekarcik, for his first place talk at the national Entomological Society of America (ESA) talk last month!

    Adrian competed in the 10 minute oral presentation, P-IE Molecular & Cell Biology / Novel Tools Section. His talk was titled "Population genetics of the Asiatic garden beetle: are Great Lakes populations infesting agronomic crops unique?"


  4. Slug Monitoring Infographic Presented at ESA

    Nov 20, 2019

    The Tilmon Lab has been busy interpreting their research from the past year to prepare for presentations at annual meetings. Recently, our research on monitoring mechanisms for slugs in no-till cover crop systems was presented at the 2019 Annual Entomological Society of America as an infographic. Congratulations to all authors, Amy Raudenbush, Adrian Pekarcik and Kelley Tilmon!


  5. Tilmon Lab presents at 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting

    Nov 20, 2019

    Congratulations to Tilmon Lab PhD Candidate, Adrian Pekarcik for presenting his research at the 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting! Pekarcik and his team of researchers presented a poster titled "Influence of Soil Composition on Spatial Distribution of the Asiatic garden beetle, Malader castanea arrow (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in Ohio Agroecosystems. 

    For an abstract of the poster, click here. 

  6. Seed Corn Maggot Video

    Oct 9, 2019

    Interested in learning more about an early season corn and soybean pest? Check out our newest video featuring Dr. Kelley Tilmon!

  7. Common Bees of Ohio Soybean

    Oct 9, 2019

    The Tilmon Lab just published our newest extension card highlighting some of the common bees of Ohio soybean. With approximately 5 million acres of soybean planted in Ohio - this agronomic crop provides a habitat for many bee species. Even honey bees forage soybean. A study recently found that some Ohio honeys are 44% dervied from soybean pollen!

    Click here to learn more about the common bees of Ohio soybean, check out our quick fact card!

  8. Tilmon Lab is Hiring!

    Feb 4, 2019

    ***This position has been filled*** The Tilmon Lab is excited to announce we are now hiring qualified interns for our 2019 summer field season! This is a paid internship from May through August. Candidates must be 18 years or older and possess a valid US drivers license. No specific entomology background is necessary - we will teach you all the skills you need to know in the field! Anyone who enjoys working outdoors and is interested in learning about agronomic research in Ohio would be a great addition to our team! 

  9. OSU Agronomy Workshop Registration OPEN

    Jan 23, 2019

    Registration is now open for the OSU Agronomy Workshop for Crop Consultants at this link. Register by Feb. 1. Workshop is Feb. 8. 


    ·      When/Where: February 8, 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM at the Schisler Conference Center, OARDC Wooster

    ·      What: An in-depth program on field crop agronomy and pest management designed for crop professionals

  10. Stink Bugs of Ohio Soybean ID card

    Oct 1, 2018

    We are excited to announce a new Stink Bugs of Ohio Soybean ID card that is available now! This card is geared towards growers, crop consultants and IPM scouts to assist in knowledge and identification of common stink bug species encountered in Ohio soybean. The card is available online as a PDF online (click here) and will soon be available across the state in your local extension offices!