Insect Management

Insect management is a significant challenge to sustainable production of specialty crops like apples, potatoes and leafy greens. Concerns about the toxicity of many synthetic insecticides, increasing resistance of insects to available chemical controls, and the elimination of natural enemies to many crop pests has led to a significant changes in the way that insect management research is now conducted. CSANR has supported research on novel, biologically and ecologically-based insect management practices for both organic and integrated cropping systems.

Featured Insect Management Publications

  • Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years

    Benbrook, Charles. Oct 1 2012  Environmental Sciences Europe 2012, 24:24 doi:10.1186/2190-4715-24-24.

  • The Effects of Reducing Tillage on Pest Management

    Andy McGuire, WSU Extension. 2007. An increasing number of farmers in the Columbia Basin are adapting reduced tillage systems from other regions to our conditions and crops. This paper will examine the general effects of reducing tillage on the management of weeds, insects, and diseases. Because these systems have been developed mainly in the Midwest and Canada, much of the information presented here is for the conditions and crops (mainly corn and wheat) in those regions. Experience will show what holds true under our conditions.

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