Pest Management

EVENTS

Good Bugs Bad Bugs, Basic Entomology for Farm, Garden & Fun

Date: Saturday, March 25, 9am-noon
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
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Dyeing the Natural Way

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 6pm
Location: Moore Hall, room 227, UW-Madison
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Get the Dirt Dinner: Colony Collapse

Date: Thursday, March 30, 6pm
Location: Student Activity Center room 3161
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SUCCESS STORIES

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

UW-Madison Highlights Partnership with Stoney Acres Farm

Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea in each of the state's 72 counties. more

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Many Wisconsin farmers are turning to Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, to reduce their reliance on high-risk pesticides. IPM is a decision-making process that includes cultural controls like crop rotation and tillage, biological controls like beneficial insects and mating disruption, physical controls like pruning, and low-risk chemical controls.
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Eco-Fruit Program Supports Growers with Networking and Coaching

The CIAS Eco-Fruit program is featured in the latest report on IPM from the American Farmland Trust. more
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CIAS Provides IPM Expertise to Apple Growers through Conference Calls and Blogging

Due to the limited number of apple IPM consultants in Wisconsin and the high cost of hiring consultants, few Wisconsin apple growers have been able to take advantage of professional consultant expertise in implementing IPM on their orchards. To address this need, the Eco-Apple Project launched a blog in 2006 and free weekly conference calls with an apple IPM consultant in 2007. more

The Organic Apple Grower Hour

On 18 Thursday mornings from April 24 through August 28, a group of apple growers came together over the phone to discuss holistic orchard management. Leading the calls was Michael Phillips, organic orchardist and author of The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist. The breadth and depth of information covered on the calls […] more

EQIP support for IPM in Wisconsin Orchards

Beginning in 2003, Wisconsin apple and cherry growers and the University of Wisconsin worked with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to address orchard pest management resource concerns through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). As a result, in 2005 Wisconsin’s EQIP Pest Management Standard was changed to provide orchardists with extended technical assistance […] more

Biological Control of Insects and Mites

This publication provides an introduction to the biological control of pest insects and mites. It includes basic biological information on insects and how they become pests. A major part of the publication is dedicated to a survey of natural enemies. As there are hundreds of natural enemy pests in the North Central United States, the […] more

Eco-Fruit Project Update

The Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, four grower networks, one consultant, NRCS and UW researchers are working with CIAS to develop a production approach that reduces grower reliance on high-risk pesticides. These older pesticides, particularly Guthion and Imidan, are targeted for phase-out and reduction, respectively, as the EPA administers the federal Food Quality Protection Act. In […] more

Stories From the Field: Environmental Research at the University of Wisconsin

CIAS and Wisconsin Public Television have produced a series of educational videos on sustainable agriculture and IPM for potatoes, apples, and fresh market vegetables. These videos can be viewed online at the Research Channel: Healthy Grown Potatoes Fresh Market Fruit and Vegetables, Part 1 Fresh Market Fruit and Vegetables, Part 2 more

Beneficial insect habitat in an apple orchard: Effects on pests (Research Brief #71)

Printer-friendly version (PDF) Apple orchards attract many kinds of insects that damage vegetation and fruit. But these orchard pests have insect enemies of their own. Growers can provide habitat for these natural enemies, also known as beneficial insects, as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy that reduces the need for pesticides. more
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