The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program develops and implements statewide strategies for the increased use of IPM on private and state managed lands.
IPM is a balanced approach to pest management which incorporates the many aspects of plant health care/crop protection in ways that mitigate harmful environmental impacts and protect human health. Some of the IPM program activities include generating IPM information, via newsletters, for growers, producers and land managers which inform them of relevant issues and can help them make alternative choices in their pest management decisions; developing an IPM in Schools program to educate school districts on IPM and how to implement its use; providing funding for IPM research; and providing IPM information to the general public.
Soybean Aphid Control
The MDA and the University of Minnesota developed a guide for managing soybean aphids on soybeans in Minnesota. Soybean aphids (Aphis glycines) can be an annual pest problem on soybeans (Glycines max) in Minnesota. Growers must invest time and money into scouting and management in order to limit economic loss due to this pest. Due to the complex life-cycle, timing of scouting requires a working-knowledge of its biology, scouting methods, and how an integrated pest management (IPM) plan can be implemented. Soybean fields may not experience high pest pressure every year, which reinforces the need for scouting and proper IPM implementation.
The Recommended Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Approach and Treatment Threshold for Soybean Aphid Control in Soybean (PDF) provides information needed to increase monitoring and scouting knowledge. This guide provides the necessary information to promote judicious use of insecticides.