|IPM scouting reports can provide early warning of developing pest problems. |
When flooding forced members of an IPM farm cooperative to replant corn late in the season, they knew the corn would now be at increased risk from pests. Having been trained in IPM techniques, they scouted their own fields and were able to save their crop.
Members of a privately held IPM cooperative in far western Kentucky were forced to replant 500 acres of bottom land corn due to flooding by the Mississippi River. Due to having been trained in IPM ideas and participating in an on-going program they were aware of the unusual pest pressures these crops would be under, and because of crop scouting these producers were alerted very early when the infestation occurred allowing the producers to obtain control.
While the controls required were very extensive and unusual, they did salvage a crop that could have easily been a total loss. The cost of scouting (approx. $2.50/ac) plus the cost of control (approx. $30.00/ac) saved a crop worth about (80 bu * $2.50/bu = $200/ac) produced a savings of $170/ac for 500 acres, or a total savings to this group of $80,000.
University of Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program
Original document: 13 April 1998
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