Integrated Pest Management, more often referred to as IPM, is the concept of using multiple complimentary management strategies to maintain an insect pest population below an economic injury level or threshold (i.e., population that causes observable yield loss).
As we traverse our way through this never-ending winter season, warmer weather is on our minds. Spring is slow to come this year, as late season snowstorms continue to impact South Dakota.
It is always good to start with a pre-emergence program to help prevent weeds from becoming resistant. Usually this is a different chemistry than what would be used post-emergence.
Research performed in 2016-17 by the NRCS in cooperation with Cronin Farms was designed to evaluate the impacts of nitrogen rates and application methods on corn yields seeded into full-season cover-crop residue.
Exposure to insecticides can pose a serious health threat to the individuals working with insecticides along with their families. Families can be exposed to insecticides when contaminated work clothes are laundered at home.
When handling insecticides it is important to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Insecticide labels provide the minimum PPE requirements that must be worn when handling containers, spraying, mixing, loading, or conducting maintenance on the sprayer.
Insecticide applications occur year-round to manage insect pests that would otherwise reduce crop yields, damage stored grain, or infest houses and other structures. Insecticides are applied to grain storage facilities to reduce grain contamination and protect the grain from insect pests.
In an effort to educate today’s youth about sustainable agriculture, SDSU Extension field specialists teamed up with educators from University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) and presented a four-hour training session for South Dakota high school teachers on January 5, 2018 at the SDSU Student Union.
The discussion of grain yields and different tillage practices needs to start in producers’ fields. Grain yield comparisons and results from un-biased research are very important for making agronomic decisions that include tillage; however, producers need to put these practices to work in everyday situations across large acres to consider a practice worthy in modern agriculture.
The South Dakota 2018 Pest Management guides are now available for free. The guides offer recommendations for controlling weeds, insects, and diseases in a variety of South Dakota crops.