Canola in bloomIPM scouting can help farmers learning to grow a new crop.
Canola is a relatively new crop in Kentucky. No one knows yet which pests will be of particular concern in this new environment, so having IPM scouts who can monitor the fields closely may mean the difference between success and failure. In the fall of 1997, early detection of a small beetle feeding on the canola saved the stand from a total loss.

IPM Farmer Alerted to Insect Destruction of Canola Stand

Producers utilizing a private scouting service, whose scouts were trained by the CES IPM program saved a field of canola from complete destruction. Canola is a relatively new crop to Kentucky and as such farmers are still learning how to produce and protect the crop. Although, the most common and expected insect pests have been identified there are still a host of possible though not probable pest which may infest a crop. In fall of this reporting year scouts discovered a very tiny flea beetle like pest that was rapidly destroying the stand in a canola field. Indications of the severity of this infestation indicate that without early detection this field would have been a total loss.

With an average yield of 35 bushels per acre, an average price of $5/bushel and an average cost of treatment of $10 this detection yielded a 35 * $5 - $10 = $165/acre savings for this producer.


Douglas W. Johnson, IPM Coordinator
Extension Entomologist
Research and Education Center
P.O. Box 469
Princeton, KY 42445

Kentucky IPM
University of Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program

Original document: 13 April 1998
Last updated: 24 April 2001

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