IPM-based Weed Control Guide Available
August 27, 2014. University of Wyoming Extension has released a free publication, “Wyoming Weed Control in Turf and Ornamentals: A comprehensive IPM approach for commercial, residential and schools.” The guide, written by Extension and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management faculty and staff, teaches IPM principles, site preparation, weed biology, weed management methods, weeds specific to Wyoming landscapes as well as Wyoming grasses. More information found here.
Video Tutorial on Corn Rootworm Scouting
August 21, 2014. University of Wisconsin’s IPM program released a short video tutorial on scouting for corn rootworm beetles. This is a valuable and timely IPM tutorial, as scouting mid-August through mid-September can inform next year’s control measures. More information found here.
School IPM Best Practices Guide Released
August 21, 2014. Accompanying its new webinar series posted below, Environmental Protection Agency released “Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy for School Districts.” This document aids school districts wanting to adopt IPM-related policies and programs in their schools. The document addresses pesticide safety and proactive pest management. More information found here.
Two Positions Available at Northeastern IPM Center
August 20, 2014. Northeastern IPM Center, located in Ithaca, NY, is hiring an extension coordinator to engage in IPM community support, as well as a program/evaluations specialist to enhance connections with existing stakeholders. Employment Page.
August School IPM Newsletter Available
August 20, 2014. The August 2014 School IPM 2015, released by the IPM Institute of North America, is now available. It features articles on management of tawny crazy ants in Gulf Coast states, how to handle outdated or unused pesticides, a new web-based school IPM curriculum developed by Texas A&M AgriLife and more! The newsletter can be found here.
New Phone App Brings IPM to Mobile Users
August 19, 2014. University of Wisconsin’s IPM program released a smartphone- and tablet-based app aimed at connecting farmers to extension professionals, academic literature, online media and newsfeeds from various sources like RSS feeds and Twitter. Named “IPM Toolkit”, the free downloadable app is part of a larger effort on behalf of Wisconsin’s IPM program to keep IPM accessible to new technology and the ever-changing habits of farmers across the country. More information can be found here.
New School IPM Calculator Released
August 13, 2014. Texas A&M Agrilife Extension announced the release of the IPM Cost Calculator for school building use. Developed by the Southwest Technical Resource Center, the tool assesses pest risks for schools and districts, evaluates how well existing school IPM programs are working and even helps plan IPM budgets. The tool is designed to be user-friendly and free to use. More information found here.
Farming with Native Beneficial Insects Released
August 7, 2014. Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has announced the release of Farming with Native Beneficial Insects, a guidebook detailing the ecology of and conservation strategies for native beneficial insects. The book features instructions on how to identify and build insect habitats in environments from backyard gardens to large farms in order to reduce pest issues while reducing or eliminating pesticide use. More information found here.
Crop Consultant Conference Coming in January
August 27, 2014. 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants will commence January 21-24, 2015 in Reno, NV. More information found here.
Micro-sprinkler IPM Guide Released
August 27, 2014. Landscape maintenance company Toro released a new guide for its micro-sprinkler drip irrigation system aimed at IPM applications. Benefits of micro-sprinkler systems include increasing humidity to encourage beneficial insect growth and reduced water usage compared to traditional irrigation systems, resulting in less runoff and energy use. More information found here.
Project Coordinator Position Available at Northeastern IPM Center
August 25, 2014. Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University is hiring a Project Coordinator for the StopPests in Housing Program. Application deadline is September 5, 2014. Employment Page.
Stored Grain IPM Webinar Open for Registration
August 21, 2014. North Central IPM Center is hosting a webinar, “Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in the North Central United States,” on September 12, 2014 from 10am-12pm CT. Webinar topics include identifying key stored grain pests, basic IPM for stored grain, infestation prevention, IPM for corn and other Midwestern crops, IPM for value-processed food and more. Segments are presented by researchers and professors from Kansas State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Purdue University. Register early as space is limited. More information found here.
New Canadian Crop Profiles Posted
August 21, 2014. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a department of the Canadian government, has posted new crop profiles for Allium vegetables (dry onion, green onion, shallot and garlic), as well as updates on the crop profile for Brassica vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts). The crop profiles, managed by the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program and developed in consultation with provincial stakeholders, provide national-level information concerning pest management and production information. More information found here.
Biopesticide Database Available from IR-4 Project
August 20, 2014. IR-4 Project hosts an extensive database of biopesticides funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The database is searchable by crop, pest, state, organic approval, active ingredient and trade name. It provides useful information such as the trade name, an image of the product label, EPA registration number, manufacturer name and contact, worker reentry times, pre-harvest intervals and more. The database can be found here.
School Tick Management Webinar Coming in September
August 14, 2014. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to host the webinar, “Creating Tick Safe Schools Using IPM,” September 30, 2014. Continuing EPA’s School IPM Webinar series, this webinar instructs on tick identification, removal and diseases. Webinar presentations are given by staff from U of Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM and Maine Department of Agriculture. Also, don’t forget about EPA’s upcoming School Community Mosquito IPM webinar on August 20th posted below. More information and registration found here.
Watch Apple Orchard IPM Videos!
August 8, 2014. New England Apple Association released a free three-video series about apple orchard IPM. Topics like nutrient management, beneficial insects, pheromone mating disruption, weather monitoring and pesticide use are all discussed. Part one discusses how to prevent and identify pest problems, where part two discusses economic thresholds and monitoring and part three explains the integration of these IPM principles. The videos and more information found here.