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Research Project: Impacts of Bees on Yield Enhancement of Commonly Cultivated Field Crops

Location: Southern Insect Management Research

Project Number: 6066-22000-090-04-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2020
End Date: Dec 31, 2021

Objective:
The Department of Entomology at University of Arkansas (UA) and the ARS’s Southern Insect Management Research Unit (SIMRU) will Determine impacts of bees on yield enhancement of commonly cultivated field crops on row crops.

Approach:
Insect management guidelines are generally static from year to year regardless of crop prices, costs of insecticides and yield potential of the crop. We plan to summarize published information for soybean looper and bollworms and develop economic injury level probability distributions using Monte Carlo simulations. On-farm field evaluations across the Mississippi Delta will evaluate economic returns and environmental sustainability of different insecticidal control strategies in soybean and cotton. The impact of current insect management strategies in southern row crops on populations of pollinators and beneficial insects will be examined in production fields.