The IPM Hour
The IPM Hour is a monthly online seminar covering a variety of IPM-related topics and research. It is held the second Wednesday of each month at noon Pacific Time and features two 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion each
Schools in the Time of COVID: More Questions than Answers
Presenter: Shaku Nair, University of Arizona:
A Developing and Developed Countries Perspective on Implementation of Integrated Weed Management
Presenter: Anil Shrestha, California State State University
Response from an Extension Entomology Irrigated Crop Faculty to a New Era of Research and Educational Delivery
Presenter: Silvia Rondon, an extension entomology specialist at Oregon State University
Adapting an extensive research program to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finding Needles in Haystacks: Inoculum Monitoring as a Decision Aid
Presenter: Walt Mahaffee, a research plant pathologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service
Traditional scouting for disease is a difficult and time consuming process with a low probability of detecting disease early in an epidemic. Monitoring of airborne inoculum can be used as decision aid to guide producers in when to initiate fungicide application and adjust application intervals. We are also now show this technology can be used to monitor for fungicide resistance. The talk will cover from how producers were convinced to gamble on the concept to forming coops to keep the information flowing.
Engaging the Next Generation via Beneficial Insects: Sustainability, Biocontrol and Community Engagement
Presenter: Stephanie Bolton, Research and Education Director and Sustainable Winegrowing Director?, Lodi Wine Commission
Description: Beneficial insects used to be a major form of pest control in farming, but the invention of affordable and efficient plant protectant materials made some of us forget their value. In Lodi, California, farmers are working to identify and repopulate beneficial insects in their vineyards and are successfully using this regional effort as a fun way to engage children and the public in sustainable agriculture.?
Advancing Use of Key Integrated Pest Management Practices in Schools
Presenter: Alec Kowalewlski, Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Description: The results of our work indicate that a training program for school IPM coordinators developed with attention to key components - including on-site learning, continued needs assessment, and supporting resource materials - has fostered increased adoption of important IPM practices.?
Insect Pest Monitoring with Directional LED Lights
Presenter: Kai Umeda, Area Extension Agent, Turfgrass Science, University of Arizona
Description: This seminar will present a new design for an insect light trap that uses directional LED lights. Developed by Spectron Lab in Phoenix, the new LED light trap will potentially offer all crops and pest management systems monitoring capabilities for most flying insect pests (cutworms, webworms, armyworms and beetles) with specific numbers without the laborious and “stinky” separating and counting. A planned new feature of the collection container is an electronic counting mechanism that can identify the trapped species. Equipped with electronic communications capabilities, the trapped species numbers can be transmitted to a nearby smartphone or to the “cloud” where cumulative data for a network of traps can be collated to provide an area-wide dataset of insect pest activity.?
Riparian Restoration along the Little Colorado River
Presenter: Ian Torrance, National Restoration Director of the American Conservation Experience
Description: The Little Colorado River Valley Conservation Area spans 16 miles of intermittent river and includes almost 17,000 acres south of Cameron, Arizona. Restoration efforts embrace a locally driven approach to restoring degraded riparian habitat that can be adopted by other regional land managers and organizations. Goals of this project include mitigation of invasive plant competition, creating open space for native plant recruitment and plantings, protecting remnant cottonwood stands from wildfire, and enhancing wildlife refugia. Project-related benefits include monitoring data that will inform successful land management strategies while proactively dealing with the challenges encountered on this rugged, hot and dry project site.
Be a Presenter
To present during a future episode of The IPM Hour, send an email with your name, presentation title or topic and a one-sentence description, and the months you would be available.