IPM specialist to provide updates for row crop production tool
Integrated Pest Management is a valuable management tool which strives to use several complementary control methods to manage pests making the system more stable and subject to fewer production risks.
The 21st Annual New Mexico Ag Expo, sponsored by Plateau, is pleased to bring Monti Vandiver, Texas Agri-Life IPM specialist, to provide training on IPM strategies that will complement row crop production in the High Plains. The presentation is at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 19 in the McAlister Room of the Jake Lopez Bldg. on the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales, N.M. The seminar is sponsored by Xcel Energy.
Vandiver will discuss the IPM approach to several recurrent and emerging pests. IPM is a systematic, information-intensive approach which depends on an understanding of the entire production system that will meet an individual's production goals in the most economically and environmentally sound manner possible.
"Depending on the type of pest, the economic threshold for controlling them can vary and dramatically impact profit potential," said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County ag agent.
This program should be a great opportunity for producers to evaluate pest control options for the coming year. This course has been approved by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for one continuing education unit to be applied toward a private applicator's license.
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