This program plan was written collaboratively by Darrell Deneke, former SDSU Extension IPM Coordinator, Connie Strunk and others.
The South Dakota IPM (SDIPM) program supports and encourages the region’s residents in making unbiased, science-based decisions regarding pest management. It does this by imparting extensive knowledge of pest biology, explaining the impacts of environmental factors, and providing pest forecasts. It keeps the lines of communication open and the information accessible by using communication technology (e.g., mobile apps) so landowners and managers can prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage in an economical manner, while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment.
The SDIPM program remains a primary hub where stakeholders find the pest management expertise and the IPM professional development resources they need. Applied IPM research examines and develops alternative pest management strategies in collaboration with Extension agronomy personnel and ultimately provides benefits to our state’s producers and the entire agricultural community.
For the past 16 years, this program has sustained its endorsements from public and private agencies in SD including Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), SD Tribes and Reservations, South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), US Fish and Wildlife Service and the SD Game, Fish, and Parks (SDGFP), USDA Forest Service & National Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, SD Weed and Pest Commission including county-based Weed and Pest Boards, USDA, APHIS, SD Agri-Business Association, and USDA/ARS/NCARL.
Additionally, the SDIPM Coordinator and team play a vital role in promoting, identifying, and fostering IPM education and research efforts within the state, providing program leadership, supporting IPM capacity-building, and facilitating discussion across the pest disciplines.
Goal and Objectives
Our project goal and objectives include the following:
- Identify pest risks and reduce human exposure to them
- Develop applied research, demonstration and outreach programs in collaboration with SDSU Extension agronomy and agronomy related specialists
- Deliver IPM resources, educational/professional development and extension programs to SD residents, stakeholders, and the agricultural community
- Prepare written and internet materials that are research-based and provide accurate pest updates, pest information and forecasts as available
- Promote the use of pest management strategies
- Monitor pest infestation
The IPM program covers many disciplines/topics, including:
- IPM implementation for agronomic crops;
- IPM implementation for specialty crops;
- IPM coordination with conservation partnerships;
- IPM on recreational lands;
- IPM education for pesticide applicators;
- IPM training and implementation in schools; and
- IPM support for pest diagnostics.