“The IPM Toolbox” Webinar Recordings Are Now Available

The Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) recently hosted three webinars in its “IPM Toolbox” series. The recorded webinars are now available online here.

The NEIPMC asked the experts to join for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Amherst) discussed IPM planning for fruit and vegetables.

Antonio DiTommaso (Cornell University), Norris Muth (Juniata College), and Hilary Sandler (UMass) discussed the most common weed control problems and how to address them using an IPM approach.

Changlu Wang (Rutgers University) discussed his research project that successfully reduced cockroach infestation by 80% in public housing units in New Jersey.

Watch the recorded webinars here.

Stink Bugs: New IPM Guide for Midwestern Corn, Soybean Growers

This month, the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) published “Identification, Biology, Impacts, and Management of Stink Bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) of Soybean and Corn in the Midwestern United States,” a profile of several of the most common stink bug pests that offers methods for differentiating species, summaries of stink bug life cycles and behaviors, and guidance for monitoring and managing them.

Robert Koch, Ph.D., assistant professor and extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota and lead author of the JIPM article, along with his co-authors conducted an extensive review of existing research on management of stink bugs in developing the new profile aimed at Midwestern growers. While “at least 24 species or subspecies of stink bugs could potentially be encountered in soybean and corn in the Midwestern United States,” the most common pest species are outlined in the article, including:
◾Green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris)
◾Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)
◾Redshouldered stink bug (Thyanta custator acerra)
◾Brown stink bug (Euschistus servus)
◾Onespotted stink bug (Euschistus variolarius)

Koch and colleagues specify scouting methods for measuring stink bug abundance in fields, along with economic thresholds at which management tactics should be deployed. Their research identifies which classes of insecticides may be best suited for individual species and identify additional resources for growers to investigate cultural and biological control measures, as well.

More information on Stink Bugs and the full article can be found here.

2017 IPM Achievement Awards—Call for Nominations

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 IPM Achievement Awards. The awards are presented to groups, organizations, schools, or companies that develop and share their IPM (integrated pest management) practices and accomplishments in areas of leadership, education and outreach, and innovation.

To submit a nomination online, click here for the submission form. Or, visit DPR’s web site,, and type IPM Achievement in the search box at the top of the page. Select Nominate an organization for an IPM Achievement Award to access the online submission form. We’ll accept nominations for 2017 awards through June 30, 2017.

You can also email nominations to by sending a message with the information requested by the online nomination form.

If you have questions, feel free to call or email Melisa Plemons at (916) 445-8411 or

Palmer Amaranth Pest Alert Now Available

Below is a new National Pest Alert for Palmer Amaranth. This pest alert has been approved by the national leadership of USDA NRCS to address the recent problems with Palmer Amaranth seed inclusion in wildflower and pollinator seed mixes. Ultimately, decisions must be made at the local level to address the issue of Palmer Amaranth in pollinator habitats, field edges and conservation plantings. Please share this publication with others who would benefit from the information.

Palmer Amaranth Pest Alert

Seeking Nominations for IPM Symposium Awards

The organizers of the 9th International IPM Symposium are seeking nominations for the IPM Achievement Awards. These awards recognize practitioners who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance. In 2002, the USDA, along with its stakeholders, developed a national roadmap for IPM, which was revised in 2013. This roadmap has provided direction for practitioners who specialize in IPM for research, implementation of new technology, and measurement of success in management of all types of pests, including but not limited to agricultural, structural, veterinary, ornamental, forest and public health pests. The success of an IPM program depends on how well it follows the USDA NIFA IPM Roadmap, engenders stakeholder support, and increases IPM adoption and implementation. IPM practitioners who have achieved excellence fully support the IPM roadmap and garner stakeholders to help with program implementation and team building.

There are four award categories:
• Lifetime Achievement
• IPM Practitioner
• IPM Team/Group
• Graduate Student (New this year!)

For each award category, the Awards Committee reviews each nomination package on:
• improving economic returns by reducing input costs and/or improving product or service quality;
• reducing human health risks;
• minimizing adverse environmental effects from pests or pest management activities;
• documenting outcomes in pesticide use and hazard reduction, improved economic returns, environmental impacts, etc. vs. outputs items like fact sheets published and distributed, meetings convened and attendance, number of producers in the study, etc.
• developing/implementing innovative strategies.
• working with a team to pull people together. The Award Committee wants each applicant to illustrate how the nominees—both individuals and groups—have used a team approach in the IPM process.

This year, winners will have the opportunity to submit an article at no cost to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management for a special 9th International IPM Symposium edition. At the same time, winners will be invited to present their award-winning story during one of the many symposia sessions. Winners will receive their award recognition at the opening session Monday evening.

Consider nominating someone today! Nominations will be accepted through June 5, 2017. Winners will be notified in August 2017.

Want to learn more about the application process? Click here to watch the 50-minute video on how to develop an award-winning application packet.

To apply or learn about the specific criteria for each award, visit our webpage at

Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium.