VegNet Regional Pest Monitoring Program Report (2009)

Report to the Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission

Dan McGrath
OSU Dept. of Horticulture

COOPERATORS: Manual Silveira and Jim Gill, NORPAC; Wayne Parker, Jason
White, and Neil MacInnes, National Frozen; Jon Brown, Truitt Bros; Larry and Ron
Pearmine Farm, Richard and Delbert Haener Farms, Mark and Mike Dickman Farm,
Skip Gray Farm, Matt and Gary Cook Farm, Hendricks Brothers Farm, Tom and Sam
Sweeney Farm. Technical support for this project was provided by Lydia Brown, OSU
Department of Horticulture.

The VegNet regional pest monitoring program sponsored by the Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission has been fruitful.The program has, on occasion,saved growers money by providing growers and agricultural professionals with early warnings of insect pest outbreaks. The combination of regional pest monitoring plus field scouting has allowed growers, in some cases, to reduce insecticide applications without significantly increasing risk of crop damage. Processors have taken advantage of this integrated pest management program in their stewardship marketing campaigns. This may have helped Oregon processors maintain market shares with national brokers of processed food who are aggressively looking for ways to protect and enhance their brand image.