IPM works to protect crops and pollinators


An entomologist says it’s a difficult balance to manage pests while leaving pollinators unharmed.

Rick Foster with Purdue University Extension tells Brownfield there are some key best management practices specialty crop growers can use to protect their crops and pollinators.  “We want people to scout their fields and only treat when they exceed the economic threshold which is an average of one beetle per plant. We want them to use a pyrethroid insecticide.”  In cantaloupes, he says applying pyrethroids at the lowest rate can still provide pest control and be less harmful to pollinators than neonicotinoids.

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