Integrated Pest Management for Crops and Pastures describes in straightforward language what is required for farmers to successfully implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in cropping and grazing operations. It explains the differences between conventional pesticide-based controls and IPM, and demonstrates the advantages of IPM.
Effective control of pests depends on a number of approaches, not just chemical or genetic engineering. The opening chapters cover the different approaches to pest management, and the importance of identification and monitoring of pests and beneficials. Most farmers and advisors can identify major pests but would struggle to recognise a range of beneficial species. Without this information it is impossible to make appropriate decisions on which control methods to use, especially where pests are resistant to insecticides.
The book goes on to deal with the control methods: biological, cultural and chemical. The biological control agents discussed include both native and introduced species that attack pests. Cultural changes that have led to an increase in the incidence or severity of pest attack are also examined. The chapter on chemical control describes the different ways chemicals can affect beneficial species, also detailing acute, sub-lethal and transient toxicities of pesticides, drawing on examples from horticulture where necessary.
Finally, the authors bring all the components of integrated pest management together and show farmers how to put their IPM plan into action.
List of tables
List of insect plates
Pest management and IPM
Why do some insects and mites become pests?
Factors that increase pest pressure
Environmental factors beyond our control
Descriptions of pest species
Descriptions of beneficial species
Examples of cultural control
Integration of cultural controls
Chemical (pesticide) controls
Effects of pesticides on beneficial species
Pesticides and organics
Pesticides and IPM
Monitoring and getting started
What to look for
Selecting your first IPM paddocks
Specific examples of monitoring with some selected scenarios
Case studies and examples
Farmers involved in grazing and cropping, extension staff, advisors and consultants, government agencies, entomologists and technologists, pesticide producers and distributors, undergraduate and graduate students and teachers.
“This book provides a simple pathway to the implementation of IPM procedures and demystifies the IPM process. It should be essential reading for every farmer not actively involved in IPM.” R.G Richardson, Plant Protection Quarterly, Vol. 23, 2008
Paul Horne and Jessica Page have worked together to develop and implement IPM in a wide range of horticultural and broad-acre crops and pastures. Over the last 5 years they have developed an IPM strategy that farmers in southern Victoria are implementing. Together they have developed a course for farmers and agronomists on IPM for pastures and cropping. They are currently conducting research and development projects dealing with aspects of IPM or demonstration of IPM in Australia and New Zealand.