Monitoring the presence of pests through the use of traps is the first step in IPM (Integrated Pest Management) programs. Insect monitoring traps are used to pinpoint infestation hot spots, identify sites where insects enter an area and discover which insects are present and in what quantities. Monitoring insect ecology for decision making is a great way to save money and reduce pesticide use. Most pests do not have established economic thresholds for conventional and organic farmers. Therefore, growers must make “gut” level decisions on if the pesticide application indeed saves enough crop to pay for the application plus a little extra. The beneficial to pest ratio can tell a grower if he/she can easily skip a pesticide application without concern or if a pesticide application is ABSOLUTELY necessary. To find out more about the iScout crop management system please contact one of our consultants.
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