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A discussion with Chris Sayer, manager of Petty Ranch, a lemon and avocado farm in Ventura, California, about cover cropping, integrated pest management, biocontrol and climate change.
“The lack of incentives for adopting IPM is probably the strongest barrier” – Surendra Dara of the UC Cooperative Extension
A discussion about some of the advantages of IPM, the current lack of incentives for its adoption, the difference between IPM and organic practices as well as the need for better field scouting and education.
A discussion about biocontrol in outdoor cropping systems with Chrissie Davis, of Koppert Biological Systems, Inc.
We had a very interesting conversation with Chrissie Davis, the national account manager of Koppert USA’s outdoor agriculture team. Koppert Biological Systems is the worldwide leader producing beneficial organisms, microbials, macro-organisms, and pollinators.
We had a great conversation with Liron Brish, Farm Dog’s CEO, during which we discussed his vision of what he calls “Digital Integrated Pest Management, or Digital IPM” for short.
Instead of waiting for pest populations to reach the level at which the cost of treatment equals the cost of lost yield (known as the Economic Injury Level or EIL), ETLs incorporate growth models as well as the time it takes for treatments to take effect to calculate action points.
A tiny arthropod called Persea mite (Oligonychus perseae) loves avocados so much that it feeds on their leaves in 99% of California’s avocado orchards, with coastal areas being particularly popular spots for them, because who doesn’t like dining with a view of the Pacific?
In partnership with Koppert Biological Systems, the world leader in biological pest management, UAV-IQ announces the initiation of an agricultural pest management service utilizing drones to efficiently release beneficial insects and mites.
UAV-IQ was invited to tell its story Startupfest 2019, one of Montreal’s world-renowned summer festivals. It was great to see other agriculture-focused startups doing great things and earning recognition at an event focused on celebrating and fostering entrepreneurship. It was an honor for us to be named a champion of the event’s Startup World Championships 2019, a competition that attracts companies from around the world.
While Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a blend of art and science where experience and rules of thumb are relied upon heavily, a quality IPM plan can be fine-tuned to meet the specific agro-economic needs of individual farms.
Some predators and parasitoids have proven to be very efficient at controlling mealybugs.