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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Sunflower Integrated Pest Management - Moving into the 21st Century: Introduction

Author
item Charlet, Laurence

Submitted to: Great Plains Sunflower Insect Workshop Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: July 14, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecologically based pest control strategy that forms a part of the overall crop production system. Ideally, it incorporates all appropriate methods from many scientific disciplines into a systematic approach to minimize pest damage. Elements include the identification of the pest, use of economic or treatment thresholds, and a system to monitor the field to determine if the pest has reached the threshold. IPM control tactics include a variety of approaches, including cultural control, resistant plant varieties, biological control, as well as the use of insecticides. Successful IPM programs have been implemented for a number of crops because of an understanding of the crop agroecosystem based on years of research. However, in many crops, including sunflower, we have several pieces of the puzzle, but are still pursuing the goal of a truly integrated approach to pest management that works and is cost-effective.

Technical Abstract: Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecologically based pest control strategy that forms a part of the overall crop production system. Ideally, it incorporates all appropriate methods from many scientific disciplines into a systematic approach to minimize pest damage. Elements include the identification of the pest, use of economic or treatment thresholds, and a system to monitor the field to determine if the pest has reached the threshold. IPM control tactics include a variety of approaches, including cultural control, resistant plant varieties, biological control, as well as the use of insecticides. Successful IPM programs have been implemented for a number of crops because of an understanding of the crop agroecosystem based on years of research. However, in many crops, including sunflower, we have several pieces of the puzzle, but are still pursuing the goal of a truly integrated approach to pest management that works and is cost-effective.

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