Oct 1, 2014
Home| Tools| Events| Blogs| Discussions Sign UpLogin

Assign A Bug Boss To Tackle Pest Problems

June 29, 2010
By: Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

Some things you can always count on during the growing season, and one of those is pest problems, says Missy Bauer, Associate Field Agronomist for Farm Journal. She encourages growers to eliminate the guesswork about insect pressure by assigning someone on the farm the role of pest boss. Here are some brief tips she offers to help you and the pest boss during this growing season.
  • Give clear direction. 
  • Make sure the pest boss understands the assignment and expectations. Know what to anticipate when.  Some pests show up nearly every year, and the pest boss should anticipate them in advance. Being proactive and not reactive to pests will keep your crop healthy and intact.
  • Make sure the pest boss understands and tracks insect heat units and insect development cycles.
  • Give the pest boss a hand lens, a pocket-sized scouting manual and camera to take to the field to help identify any pests that are present.
  • Consider giving the pest boss authority to pull the trigger for treatment applications and to communicate with landowners or farm managers who might need to be involved.
  • Provide the pest boss with good resources--Web sites, names and phone numbers of key university and county extension resources and literature can help him accomplish the job.

(click to enlarge)




See Comments

RELATED TOPICS: Corn, Crops, Pest Watch

Log In or Sign Up to comment


No comments have been posted



Receive the latest news, information and commentary customized for you. Sign up to receive the AgWeb Daily eNewsletter today!.

Enter Zip Code below to view live local results:
The Home Page of Agriculture
© 2014 Farm Journal, Inc. All Rights Reserved|Web site design and development by AmericanEagle.com|Site Map|Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions