ISU Pest Management Monitoring Programs in Iowa: Where and How to Get This Information for 2006
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The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference is Iowa's premier crop production education event. No other program in Iowa brings together the diverse range of topics, slate of expert presenters and results of the latest University research.
The ICM Conference offers workshops focusing on the latest in crop production technology. Experts from Iowa and surrounding states will provide research updates and results in soil fertility, soil and water management, crop production and pest management.
Three key issues need to be addressed for farmers and agronomists to develop economically successful management of pests in the upper Midwest. These include knowledge of the local presence of populations of the pest, the factors that affect pest infestations in the crop of interest, and the timing of both the crop's and related pest's developmental stages. For some insect pests, pheromone traps are useful in monitoring their arrival or emergence and from these; emergence patterns can be followed to focus scouting of fields. For plant diseases and some weeds, seasonal accumulated degree-day data can provide information useful in developing management plants