Massive quantities of pesticides are applied by homeowners on residential lawns and gardens each year. While some have an understanding of integrated pest management concepts and practice them on their property, many do not and indiscriminately apply pesticides. There is an opportunity for cooperative extension personnel to address this need by providing residential IPM and pesticide education programs.
In the United States, the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) has a broad host range and is a serious concern for commercial pulse producers, especially in the Pacific Northwest region. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management examines pea aphid biology and ecology, as well as various management practices.
Tar spot is an emerging foliar fungal disease of corn that can reduce crop yield. Incidence and discovery of this disease greatly increased in 2018 and 2019 thanks to a coordinated, multi-state effort that relied heavily on social media and electronic disease mapping.
A new paper in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management reports on an interdisciplinary collaboration between one university's IPM and design programs to develop new ideas for promoting and educating stakeholders on the value of integrated pest management.