After 38 years with the University of Minnesota, corn entomologist Dr. Ken Ostlie is retiring at the end of January. He stopped by to talk about corn insects and entomology over the years and where he sees the field going in the future.
Dr. Ken Ostlie looks back on his career as a corn entomologist ranging from starting off in the middle of the farming and fiscal crisis of the 80s, how Extension has changed, the introduction of Bt corn, and of course, corn pests. Much of his research directly worked with farmers and he stresses to always remember that farmers are real people out in the environment that are the best resource for telling researchers and educators what farmers need the most. Dr. Ostlie will still be around from time to time as an emeritus professor.