The Pest Losses Impact Assessment survey process was developed by our colleagues at the Arizona Pest Management Center, and is a current signature program of the Western IPM Center. With funding from a USDA Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) grant (PI Murray), and in collaboration with colleagues at the Arizona Pest Management Center, the IPPC is now building a Pest Losses Impact Assessment program for Pacific Northwest Commodities including potato, onion, cranberry, hazelnut, sweet cherry, grass seed, mint, and pear. This will dovetail with our IPM Strategic Planning project and takes place on a regular cycle with participating industries.
The Pest Losses Impact Assessment survey aims to develop and track “real world” data on the impacts of specific pests and management practices on crop yields, production costs, and profitability.
Quantified measurements collected through this process of pests, pesticide use, costs, and crop yield and quality losses due to pests provide objective tools for assessing needs and impacts. These data can ultimately be used to develop powerful impact statements for targeted IPM extension programs. This process also enables tracking of pest impact status and trends over time, and can focus industry-wide discussions about IPM needs, while also providing critical data for comments to USDA/EPA as the need for these arises. Data of this quality and credibility can influence EPA registration decisions, helping growers maintain access to important pest management tools.
More information on CPLIAs can be found here.
Malheur County Onion Growers Association