Recent Projects


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2017 Projects

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. 


2016 Projects

Project Initiation

  • Integrating Mechanical or Chemical Control with Biological Control for Improved Saltcedar Management at Southwestern Reservoirs
  • Project Director: Erik Lehnhoff, New Mexico State University
  • Network Characteristics and Modeling of Powdery Mildew Spread: Foundations for Area-Wide IPM

  • Project Director: David H. Gent, Oregon State University
  • Canopy Modification for Macadamia Felted Coccid Management in Macadamia Nut Orchards in Hawaii

  • Project Director: Alyssa Cho, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Discovery and Evaluation of Potential Biocontrol Agents to Reduce Ergot in Cool-Season Grass Seed Crops of the Pacific Northwest
  • Project Director: Navneet Kaur, Oregon State University
  • Integrated Pest Management of Barb Goatgrass and Medusahead in Annual Grasslands
  • Project Director: Elise Gornish, University of California, Davis

Work Groups

  • Pulse Crops IPM Work Group
  • Project Director: Todd Scholz, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
  • Western Region Tribal IPM Outreach and Education Project
  • Project Director: Ross Racine, Intertribal Agriculture Council (California and Arizona)
  • Montana Invasive Species Strategic Plan - Pest Component
  • Project Director: Bryce R. Christiaens, Missoula County Weed District

Outreach and Implementation

  • Enhancing Insect Pest Management in Irrigated Desert Alfalfa
  • Project Director: Ayman M. Mostafa, University of Arizona
  • Creation of a Web-based Training Course to Promote Biological Control
  • Project Director: Ute Chambers, Washington State University

Planning Documents

  • IPM Practices Evaluation for Landscape Trees and Shrubs
  • Project Director: Gino Graziano, University of Alaska, Fairbank


2015 Projects

Project Initiation

  • Brown Stink Bug Management In An Established Cotton IPM Program: A Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Project Director: Lydia Brown, University of Arizona
  • Reestablishing IPM Recommendations For Aphids In Alfalfa Hay In The Low Desert
  • Project Director: Ayman Mostafa, University of Arizona
  • A Model To Predict Duration Of Soil Solarization For Disinfesting Nursery Soils Contaminated By Phytophthora Species
  • Project Director: Jennifer Parke, Oregon State University
  • Development Of A Molecular Detection Protocol For Ergot Spores In Cool-Season Grasses Grown For Seed
  • Project Director: Jeremiah Dung, Oregon State University
  • Wildland Fruit As Winter Refugia For Spotted Wing Drosophila In The Intermountain West
  • Project Director: Lori Spears, Utah State University
  • Predicting Variation Of Biological Insect Control In Alfalfa Hay And Seed Crops
  • Project Director: Randa Jabbour, University of Wyoming

Work Groups

  • Joining Forces: Midwest And Western Weather Work Groups For National Harmonization Of Weather-Based Decision Tools
  • Project Director: Walter Mahaffee, USDA-ARS
  • Developing A Roadmap Towards Sustainable Management Of Potato Soilborne Diseases
  • Project Director: Brenda Schroeder, University of Idaho

Outreach and Implementation

  • Sharpening Tribal Skills In Forest Pest Detection And Response
  • Project Director: Nina Hapner, Kashia Bank of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria
  • Boulder County Emerald Ash Borer Outreach And Implementation Project
  • Project Director: Carrie Haverfield, Boulder County Commissioners Office
  • Field Guide For Integrated Pest Management In Hops
  • Project Director: Ann George, Washington Hop Commission


2014 Projects 

Project Initiation

Work Groups

  • Work Group Formation: Establishment of Baseline Data Regarding Regional Bed Bug Management Practices, Challenges, and Research Needs
  • Project Director: Andrew Sutherland, University of California
  • Western Region Tribal Work Group
  • Project Director: Nina Hapner, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Steward's Point Rancheria

Outreach and Implementation

IPM Planning Documents

Special Issues Projects