Integrated Pest Management Resources Available Online
If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you.
These modules were developed at the UF IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL where the 300 acre farm has been transformed into a Living IPM Laboratory putting into real life practices these IPM strategies. The farm is now implementing several innovative IPM strategies to manage pests and has reduced pesticide use by more than 50%. When you watch these short video modules, you will learn how to implement strategies such as using trap crops and insect monitoring traps; creating plant habitat for beneficial insects; using birds, bats and owls as pest predators; enhancing the landscape for native pollinators; and scouting to best target management strategies. These video modules are now available on the UF IFAS Virtual Field Day web site at http://vfd.ifas.ufl.edu
The direct link to the IPM Whole Farm Modules is http://vfd.ifas.ufl.edu/whole-farm-ipm.shtml
This ongoing project is supported with funding from University of Florida IFAS, USDA NIFA Extension IPM Program, Southern Region IPM Center, and Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Program, and the Suwannee Conservation District.
IPM Module Titles:
Whole Farm IPM Overview
Whole IPM Field Sites
Developing Habitat Areas
Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Role of Pollinators
Role of Bats and Owls
Role of Birds and Other Predators
Role of Insect Traps
Role of Trap Crops
Scouting Techniques to Manage Pests