Integrated Pest Management
||IPM Training Programs
Webster County IPM Workshop
Issue (Who Cares and Why?): Disease identification and management; weed identification and management; insect identification of both beneficial and non-beneficial insects and managent; soil fertility, soil compaction, deficiency symptomology, growth state and development; pesticide laws, labeling and use.
What Has Been Done?: Four in-depth sessions with topics including entomology, plant pathology, weed science, soil science and plant growth were held in Webster County. A portion of each class was very interactive and “hands-on”. Producers were taught identification methods, fertilization considerations, soil and water conservation, growth stages and the importance of each stage, crop rotation, resistant variety selection, and other management techniques one can utilize to increase profit and decrease problems. Pesticide safety, modes of action, labeling and laws were also covered.
An average of 12 producers, 3 agents and 11 specialist participated in the first IPM workshop in Webster County. According to follow-up interviews, producers began growth staging their own crops and made management decisions accordingly. 75% of the participating producers made the decision to NOT spray for Soybean Rust AFTER attending the workshop. This represents 9500 acres yielding a savings of $190,000.00. Producers learned IPM strategies and the range of benefits and opportunities gained by implementing these practices.
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