Posted on December 19, 2012 by rhallberg
By: Jodi Schmitz, Janet Hurley, and Dr. Thomas Green
Although the following tips are written for school personnel, several of the recommendations can help the homeowner as well. If you’re not sure where to find some of the equipment mentioned, call your local university extension and ask for the person who handles school or residential IPM.
Filed under: Insects, Pesticides, Urban IPM | Tagged: cockroaches, integrated pest management, IPM, microbial digester, pest proof, rodenticide, School IPM | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 9, 2012 by rhallberg
The term “sustainable agriculture” was first coined by Wes Jackson in his 1980 book, New Roots for Agriculture, but the term didn’t become popular until the late 1980s (Kirschenmann). Even before the 1980s, some agricultural specialists were promoting alternatives to what was becoming an increasingly industrialized farming system, but those alternatives varied greatly in focus.
Filed under: Crop rotation, Insects, Pesticides, Weed Control | Tagged: agriculture, biological control, environmental, farming, integrated pest management, IPM, organic, reduced-risk pesticides, sustainable, sustainable agriculture | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 22, 2012 by rhallberg
News stories about the University of Copenhagen study on the nutritional value of organic foods may have left many people confused about what the difference really is between food grown “conventionally” or “organically” and if the increased price for organic food is really worth it. Although most people in the general public probably recognize the terms “conventional” and “organic” for agriculture, there are two other major terms that apply to agricultural practices: “integrated pest management” and “sustainable agriculture.”
Filed under: Crop rotation, Insects, Pesticides | Tagged: conventional, farming practices, integrated pest management, is organic food more nutritious?, organic, sustainable, sustainable agriculture | 3 Comments »
Posted on April 6, 2012 by rhallberg
I never know who looks at our blog–whether they’re a specialist or a homeowner, and whether or not they even know what integrated pest management is. This post is dedicated to those of you who have come here and don’t know what integrated pest management is. The rest of you can have the day off–or have fun reading.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tagged: integrated pest management, IPM | 4 Comments »
Posted on October 20, 2011 by rhallberg
The hemlock woolly adelgid has destroyed millions of acres of Eastern hemlocks in the Eastern United States. Other invasives such as the gypsy moth, bean plataspid, and Asian longhorned beetle wreak economic and ecological havoc every year, with few available chemicals to control them. Biological control is often a viable option for pest management when other available controls are not feasible or do not work.
Filed under: Invasive species | Tagged: biocontrol, biological control, exotic invasives, fire ants, gypsy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, integrated pest management, phorid flies, scouting | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 26, 2010 by jimvankirk
As feared, the New York IPM Program was severely cut by New York’s state budget. This excerpt from a letter from Director Don Rutz tells the short version:
For the 2010-2011 budget year we were allocated $500,000 for Agricultural IPM and, most unfortunately, $0 for Community IPM. This represents about a third of our state allocation in recent years. When this is combined with our federal USDA IPM funding, we have approximately $700,000 that can be used for IPM. Therefore, we have funding for approximately only half of the IPM programming that we did in 2009. Obviously this will have most significant impacts on both our staffing and programming for the coming year.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: budget cuts, funding, integrated pest management | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 16, 2010 by jimvankirk
I remember my first drive to Raleigh, 6 years ago when I took this job. It was after dark at the end of a long day. We were in sporadic phone and voicemail conversation with my friend, Ron, who was trying to direct me to the best way into town (I didn’t have a GPS). Our conversation, over the course of an hour or so, went something like this:
Ron, I’m on Rt. 85, just crossed the Carolina line. Where do I turn?
Head south on Rt. 1 at Henderson
Oops, we passed that 10 minutes ago.
(later) No worries. Take Rt. 15 at Oxford.
Dang, I can see that exit…in the rear view mirror. Now what?
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: 406 Funding, budget cuts, integrated pest management, regional IPM Center internal grants | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 12, 2010 by danesha
image provided by Bugwood.org
Ah, summer! Vacations have started, pools are already crowded and the mosquitoes are biting. The intense heat that has plagued the east coast seems to have made this year’s mosquitoes more plentiful and vicious. For anyone who wants to know how to reduce the number of mosquitoes in his or her yard (although it’s virtually impossible), the Web has hundreds of suggestions on mosquitoes control. If you’re in the South, go to the list at the bottom of the page to find a fact sheet on mosquitoes for your state.
Filed under: Insects, Invasive species | Tagged: integrated pest management, mosquito, mosquito control, pests | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 26, 2010 by rhallberg
The new golf course at NC State University will hopefully have a lot of people talking—about IPM. The Lonnie Poole golf course, located at NC State University, is one of the state’s environmentally-friendly golf courses. One of the course’s most exciting features is the use of IPM to control pests and diseases on the turf.
Click here to listen to a short clip on the use of IPM on the Lonnie Poole golf course.
Filed under: Urban IPM | Tagged: golf courses, integrated pest management, Lonnie Poole, NC State University golf, turfgrass IPM | Leave a Comment »