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4 tips to stretch pest control dollars

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As agriculture prepares for the 2022 planting season, producers should factor in the possibility that favored products might not be available, say industry observers.
Knowing what's in the field and at what level will be key to effective and efficient pest management programs.

As farmers finish the 2021 harvest, many are already looking at crop protection strategies for 2022 and wondering if the products they need will be available or affordable.

Numerous factors—COVID-19, trade issues, and weather, among others—have affected supply chains for all industries, including agriculture.

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As agriculture prepares for the 2022 planting season, producers should factor in the possibility that favored products might not be available, say industry observers.

Stretching input dollars as far as possible without sacrificing yield will be critical.

Applying best management practices to insect control will be imperative, says David Kerns, associate department head and IPM coordinator, Texas A&M University department of entomology.

“IPM will play a strong role,” he says. He offers four critical areas to watch.

  1. “Rate is important. Do not use more than needed for the situation. 
  2. “Avoid killing off beneficial insects that can lead to resurgence or outbreaks of secondary pests,” Kerns adds.
  3. He recommends applying only what’s needed. “Avoid unnecessary add-ins. For example, a farmer spraying herbicides adds an insecticide to the mix to be on the safe side. That’s an unnecessary expense. (See number 2.)  
  4.  “Always question the addition of adjuvants. Sometimes they are needed, but more often they are not.”

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The key to effective and efficient pest management programs will be knowing what’s in the field and at what level. Timely scouting will play a crucial role as producers look for the most cost-effective strategy for managing insect pests.

 

 

 

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