About Integrated Pest Management

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This web site provides Integrated Pest Management (IPM) information from Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and its many departments and programs. The ISU Integrated Pest Management program represents research and extension faculty and staff from the Departments of:

Goal of IPM

Scouting and diagnostics are the foundation of IPM. Early and accurate detection of pests gives us the information we need to take steps towards management. Preventing pests from becoming established is more effective than managing pests once they are present.

There are a wide variety of tools available to manage pests, each with differing costs and benefits – both monetarily and environmentally. It is important to always consider the most cost-effective strategies that minimize adverse human, environment, and organismal effects.

Critical IPM issues in Iowa are:

  • Pesticide resistance: Certain weeds, insects, and pathogens have become resistant to existing pesticide classes.
  • Host plant resistance issues: A dramatic increase in Bt-resistance failures has been observed while reproduction of soybean cyst nematode, the most destructive soybean disease, has increased on cultivars using the most common resistance source.
  • Invasive and re-emerging pests: Re-emerging or invasive pests threatening Iowa crops and communities include bed bugs, brown marmorated stink bug, spotted wing drosophila, Goss’s wilt of corn, sudden death syndrome of soybean, thousand cankers disease of walnut, and Palmer amaranth.
  • Properly identifying plant problems: The first step in proper management is knowing what to manage, which is accomplished through scouting and diagnostics.
  • Improve public health through IPM adoption in production agriculture and urban/communities through proper identification and responsible pest management.
  • Understand and use technology for more effective and accurate pest monitoring and education, and to improve accessibility of University Extension programs.
  • Develop next generation IPM specialists and recruit students into agriculture.

The Iowa State IPM program is partially funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The ISU IPM program also gets organizational support from the North Center Region IPM Center, Iowa State University Extension and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Thanks to the many strategic partners for funding and support of IPM efforts.

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