Current Projects

These projects were funded by the Western IPM Center's 2017 grants. For more details about a project, or to find one not listed here, use the search function on the IPM Projects Interagency Database.

Work Groups 

Developing Effective Bed Bug Outreach Programs for Diverse Clientele in the West

​Project Director: Andrew Sutherland, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

This work group will consider new and underserved groups associated with bed bug management in the West and review effective outreach programs to educate these stakeholders about bed bug prevention and management, focusing on IPM tactics.

 

Outreach and Implementation 

Enhanced Implementation of the Online Soil Solarization Forecasting Model

​Project Director: Jennifer Parke, Oregon State University 

Soilborne pathogens and weeds are some of the most costly pests affecting nursery-crop production systems. To support the adoption of pesticide-free soil solarization, Parke’s team developed a model to enable nursery growers to determine the feasibility and length of time necessary to disinfest soil by solarization. Specific project goals are improvement of the web interface, and holding workshops to demonstrate the online tool. 

 

Sudden Oak Death: Prevent and Prepare Project

​Project Director: Brendan Twieg, Mid Klamath Watershed Council 

The mid-Klamath is the home of the Karuk Tribe and is at high risk of Phytophthora ramorum infestation. This project will allow the Mid Klamath Watershed Council and the Karuk Tribe to reach out to the community and prepare a response to this pathogen, which causes sudden oak death. The project goals are to prevent sudden oak death establishment through education and outreach, monitor for occurrence and develop a rapid-response plan.

 

Wyoming School Integrated Pest Management Outreach and Training

​Project Director: John Connett, University of Wyoming 

Effective, sustainable IPM programs in schools reduce the exposure of children and school personnel to pesticides and pests whose allergens are asthma triggers.  This project will pilot IPM training workshops to six school districts that have a strong willingness to implement IPM.

 

Planning Documents 

Utah Tree Fruit IPM Practices Evaluation

​Project Director: Marion Murray, Utah State University

This project will survey tree fruit growers in Utah to evaluate IPM practices to determine the level and intensity of IPM use, demographics that may influence adoption, impediments to adoption, economic impacts and educational and research needs.

Updating the Pest (and Pollinator) Management Strategic Plan for Western U.S. Alfalfa Seed Production

​Project Director: Shane Johnson, Northwest Alfalfa Seed Growers Association  

An emphasis in this PMSP update will be integrating pollinator management, as alfalfa seed has unique needs and the balance between pest management and pollinator safety is critical. 

 

Pest Management Strategic Plan for California Prunes

​Project Director: Gary Van Sickle, California Specialty Crop Council

The California Specialty Crops Council will update the PMSP for prunes to document pest-management priorities for growers. 

 

Project Initiation

Establishing Insect Pest Management Needs and Priorities for Hemp Grown in the High Plains and Rocky Mountains

​Project Director: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University 

Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a crop that has a long but peculiar history in the United States. Historically harvested for fiber, a great many things have changed in the 65 to 70 years since it was last commercially grown. This project seeks to describe the insects associated with the crop and define the insect pest management needs associated with growing hemp in the West. 

 

Distribution and Diversity of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus in Eastern Oregon Grass Seed Production

​Project Director: Kenneth Frost, Oregon State University 

Barley yellow dwarf is a disease of small grains and cereals caused by the barley yellow dwarf virus. This project seeks to characterize the genetic diversity of virus strains affecting susceptible perennial ryegrass crops grown for seed and nearby cereal crops to better understand which strain or set of strains result in disease, determine if insecticides reduce the occurrence, accumulation or diversity of the virus, and examine the relationship between barley yellow dwarf incidence and seed yield.

  

Increasing the Adoption of Alfalfa Weevil Integrated Pest Management in the Western Region

​Project Director: Kevin Wanner, Montana State University 

Alfalfa weevil is the primary economic pest of forage alfalfa, a crop grown on 1.7 million acres in Montana and 17.8 million acres nationally. The objectives of this project are to quantify the current status of alfalfa weevil management in Montana and its impediments, conduct a pilot evaluation of areawide, real-time monitoring of alfalfa weevil populations and evaluate the accuracy of the degree-day model to predict alfalfa weevil development across different regions of Montana.