Management of Other Pests

Organisms are considered pests in agricultural systems when they create economic loss or other undesirable impacts. Weeds, insects, and diseases are the most commonly recognized pests. However, there are other organisms that do not fall into the plant, arthropod, or microorganism categories that are pests. These include vertebrates such as mice, gophers, deer, and birds, all of which will feed on a number of crop plants. Slugs and snails are mollusks that can also be plant pests. For livestock producers, predators such as coyotes, weasels, and hawks can injure or kill farm animals. While these types of pests often receive less attention than insects, weeds, and diseases, for certain crops they can be one of the most important pests to control, and innovative research is needed to prevent damage while still enabling these creatures to be part of the biodiversity of the landscape.

Featured Other Pests Publications

  • Cover Crops Influence Meadow Vole Presence in Organic Orchards

    M. R. Wiman, Kirby, E. M., Granatstein, D. M., Sullivan, T. P. HortTechnology July–September 2009 19(3).

  • 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.

  • Vole populations, tree fruit orchards, and living mulches

    Sullivan, T. 2006. Research report to CSANR.

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