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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.

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Raise a Glass: New Report Shows IPM Gains in Hops

A new report by the Western IPM Center shows that the U.S. hops industry made significant advances in integrated pest management in recent years.

 
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IPM Adoption is Widespread in the West

Many integrated pest management practices are so widely adopted in Western agriculture they have become conventional pest management. That is one of the key findings of a new report by the Western Integrated Pest Management Center titled “Adoption and Impacts of Integrated Pest Management in Agriculture in the Western United States.”

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Pest-Loss Survey in Cotton Quantifies the Benefits IPM Brings to Growers

For the past 15 years, researchers have been tracking pesticide use on cotton fields in the Southwest, and the reductions they've documented have been nothing short of remarkable.

 
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