Dr. Tyler Wist is a Research Scientist-Field Crops Entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon. Tyler is pursuing many entomological passions including modeling the effect of beneficial insects on cereal aphid populations and building the model into an aphid scouting app, infecting wheat and Camelina with aster yellows through leafhopper vectors, working with wheat midge and its parasitoids, and studying landscape effects on and economic threshold of flea beetles. Tyler’s future holds expanded projects on aphids, aster leafhoppers, wheat midge, flea beetles and emerging insect pests in field crops of the Canadian Prairies.
Tyler will be discussing wheat midge, a highly destructive pest of wheat crops in Canada. Entomologists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have been working to understand this pest’s biology, distribution and control in the Western Canadian Prairies since the first large-scale outbreaks of wheat midge in the 1980s. This presentation summarizes what we’ve learned since then with a focus on the lifecycle and timing of the wheat midge with advice on scouting and controlling for this pest during the critical times of the growing season.
Description of The Wheat Midge Scourge: decades of combat
Dr. Tyler Wist of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s (AAFC) Saskatoon Research Centre will take you on a decade’s long tour of wheat midge research at AAFC from the initial outbreaks of the 1980s until now. Along the way you’ll pick up details about the lifecycle of the wheat midge, scouting, and control options as well as details about the plan to preserve our single wheat midge resistance gene. To end the tour is an outlook on current and future wheat - midge research with the potential to help keep wheat production a variable option in the event of wheat midge infestation.