Coordinated Surveillance, Forecasting and Risk Warning Systems for Field Crop Insect Pests of the Prairie Ecosystem

Researcher: Owen Olfert, Meghan Vankosky, and Jennifer Otani, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon SK

Project Code: CARP SCDC/WGRF 2014.1

Final Report: March 2019

Summary: Recognizing that an area-wide monitoring of pest and natural enemy populations is a cornerstone of integrated pest management, researchers initiated a project to develop a coordinated monitoring program in the prairies. The result is the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN), which generated a weekly summary of weather, crop and insect pest information during the growing season that alerts growers and industry to emerging pest issues, areas of potentially high pest pressure, and raises the profile of natural enemies and their role in pest management. The project also developed 14 monitoring protocols and predictive models for key insect pests to assist the industry in managing issues related to climate change, new agronomic practices, and new crops.

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