For Pest Control, the More Records the Better

November 21, 2017 09:20 AM
Know when to expect pests and how you’ll react to them

The more records, the better when you design pest control programs around hybrid/variety weaknesses. Recording varieties, control measures and outcomes for every field will help you plan effective control programs in the future.

“You need records, including the date of application, in case of liability issues or product failure,” says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. “You also need good records in order to rotate products and prevent pest resistance from building up.”

The need for records must be understood by every member of the pest control team, whether they are employed by the farm or come from outside suppliers. “Every treatment must be recorded in a spray log,” Ferrie says, “including the product, carrier, surfactant and rate.

“All this information must reach the pest boss. He needs to supplement with his own notes, and maybe pictures, about treatment outcomes—what worked and what didn’t. He also should record the cost of each treatment, because there may be more than one way to get the desired result.”

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