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Alabama Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center

Alabama IPM Priorities

To reduce potential human health risks from pests and related management strategies and improve cost benefit analyses when adopting IPM practices in:

  1. Research Priorities
    1. Insecticide screening work with threecornered alfalfa hopper (Spissistilus festinus), to aid with recommendations to producers.
    2. Sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) population dynamics (where are they overwintering? / how does the population develop during the season? / what are the impacts of natural enemies?).
    3. Determine efficacy of insecticide treatments for sugarcane aphid at different plant growth stages and planting dates.
    4. Determine which chemicals can provide the longest residual for soybean looper (Chrysodeixis includens) at the least cost.
    5. Estimating yield losses from target spot in South Alabama cotton.
    6. Cost-benefit analysis of using promising insecticide treatments for cowpea curculio in specialty crops.
    7. Effective foliar spray for Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis).
    8. Determine the basic biology / life cycle / distribution of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys).
    9. Efficacy trials for 25(b) products (EPA certified organic products) is needed in order to give proper recommendations to stakeholders.

  2. Extension Priorities
    1. More information about trap crops via extension.
    2. More information about pest exclusion techniques via extension.
    3. More information about cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi) control via extension.
    4. IPM training that covers the whole production system for both conventional and non-conventional production (pre-planting, planting, harvest), which will allow producers to anticipate and deal with pest problems accordingly.
    5. Help in getting information out to school administration about IPM in order to change pest control practices in school systems from traditional to IPM.

  3. Regulatory Priorities
    1. In school IPM, the current low bid system in Alabama (where a company can present a very low bid in order to obtain the pest control contract) makes it very difficult for pest control companies to bid on a contract using an IPM system. We need to work with the regulatory agency in the state in order to eliminate the low bid system.
    2. We need to try to implement IPM certification for pest control companies in the state. This may help school systems know what to look for/ask for in a pest control company regarding IPM.
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