Integrated Pest Management

If you need assistance with crop pest identification or control recommendations, please contact Xandra Morris at xandra.morris@ag.tamu.edu or call 254-582-4022.

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Producers in Hill and northern McLennan Counties plant corn, cotton, grain sorghum, sunflowers, and soybeans. Current low commodity prices create a greater need for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices that minimize expenses and maximize profits. The IPM Program provides crop producers with environmentally and economically sustainable options to control pest species, which include tactics to manage weeds, plant diseases, and insects. Economic returns, adoption of new practices and knowledge increase are vital for producers to maintain economic competitiveness.

]The Hill-McLennan Integrated Pest Management Steering Committee, a group of local producers, sets the guidelines for the IPM Scouting Program (for wheat, cotton, and sorghum) and recommends result demonstration/applied research trials and educational meetings.

“The goal of IPM is not to to eradicate pests, but to eliminate pest problems by strengthening and stabilizing the landscape so that conditions are more favorable for plants than for pests.  This balance is achieved by employing a combination of practices to prevent or avoid pest problems rather than treating them once they occur. By using scouting and monitoring practices for pests that include insects and other arthropods, actions to suppress population levels can be made in a timely manner, using a combination of the most environmentally-friendly and cost-effective tactics available.

Emphasis is given to cultural (non-chemical tactics) and biological (biological control using predators, parasite and pathogens) methods of control.  Properly-applied chemical control methods are used only when justified, and then by choosing the least toxic methods.” – The Texas IPM Program website

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