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Community Collaboration--Why Pest Resistance Management must Involve Group Action

April 8, 2020

By Paul Lasley, Iowa State University Sociologist

In my last editorial I argued that group action is required if we are to effectively manage field crop pests by concluding, “Some things are too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.”  

There is little doubt that productivity gains in corn and soybeans can be attributed, in part, to better pest management, which often relies upon herbicides and insecticides. However these pesticides are becoming less effective.