Featured articles from regional centers

A selection of featured articles provided by the Regional IPM Centers to be highlighted on the national website.

USDA grants fund fruit research in North Central region

University of Wisconsin assistant professor and extension specialist in entomology Christelle Guédot has an ambitious summer research agenda while looking ahead to future projects she’d like to tackle. Located in the heart of the North Central fruit belt it’s not surprising that one of the main targets of Guédot’s  research centers on spotted wing drosophila (SWD), an insect pest that economically affects berries. Guédot’s team plans to test whether or not there are spatial or temporal factors affecting infestations on ripening raspberries.

December 16, 2015
Tool to Assess Bee Health Goes Viral

Seven years ago bee populations were tumbling into decline, threatening a $130 million industry of northeastern cranberries and blueberries.

New threshold and monitoring recommendations save sorghum growers at least $25 million

Texas A&M University researchers used a Southern IPM Center IPM Enhancement Grant to establish thresholds and monitoring recommendations for sorghum growers dealing with sugarcane aphid. The research had a benefit of $25 to $50 million for 2014 for 400,000 acres of sorghum.

October 3, 2016
Safflower Makes an Areawide IPM Program Work

Safflower is the Rodney Dangerfield of crops.

The prickly thistle easily pokes through clothes and skin. The oil it produces is a low-value commodity. Few pesticides are available for it, because it's a small-market crop with small margins. And it's a haven for insects that can harm more profitable crops nearby.

"Lygus bugs enjoy being in a safflower field," said University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Pete Goodell. "And they're about the only thing that does." 

But this plant, which gets no respect, is the key to an incredibly successful soil health and areawide integrated pest management program — and a great illustration of how IPM works. 

Turns out, safflower is the star of the show.