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Title: Insect pest management for raw commodities during storage

item HAGSTRUM, DAVID - Retired ARS Employee
item Flinn, Paul

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/26/2011
Publication Date: 9/1/2012
Citation: Hagstrum, D.W., Flinn, P.W. 2012. Insect pest management for raw commodities during storage. In: Hagstrum, D.W., Phillips, T.W., Cuperus, G., editors. Stored Product Protection. S156. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University. p. 213-218.

Interpretive Summary: Interpretive Summary not required for Book Chapters (per ARIS Manual Chapter 5, pg 35, dated March 2012); text provided so that ARIS Will allow this to be signed off. dlh

Technical Abstract: This book chapter provides an overview of the pest management decision-making process during grain storage. An in-depth discussion of sampling methods, cost-benefit analysis, expert systems, consultants and the use of computer simulation models is provided. Sampling is essential to determine if pest management is needed and whether the treatment was successful. The size, location and number of samples to take as well as the frequency of sampling are discussed. Sampling provides information on which insect pests are present as well as their distribution and abundance. This information is important in deciding which insect pest management method to use. Cost-benefit analysis can minimize both the risk of economic loss and the overall cost of insect pest management. Decision support systems can be used to find the best pest management solutions. Consultants can optimize the use of simple pest management methods and may be particularly important in using more complex pest management methods. Integrated pest management provides the potential for ensuring high grain quality during storage, while reducing treatment costs and environmental impact.