Integrated pest management pros working in developing countries are finding success with IPM “packages,” which bundle a range of solutions for multiple crop pest issues, from the time of soil preparation to harvest and tailored to local conditions—making IPM adoption easier for farmers with limited training or resources.
Eriophyid mites are a challenging pest for turfgrass managers due to their small size and poorly understood biology. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines what is known about eriophyid mites, available management options, and avenues for future research.
The fall cankerworm is a common, native defoliator of hardwood trees throughout North America. Prone to outbreaks, this insect can cause severe damage on trees and be a public nuisance. Landscape-level management is rarely necessary, but control measures may be worthwhile on individual trees.
A wide variety of insects in the order Hemiptera are known pests of almonds. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management details the biology, ecology, and management options for "true bugs" in almond orchards.
In a study on organic farms, researchers in Illinois find that field borders with a mix of grasses and flowering plants provide important winter habitat for arthropods that like to eat or parasitize crop pests, allowing these natural enemies to get an early start on emerging pests in the spring.