For over 30 years, the University of Missouri IPM program has served the agriculture, horticulture, and urban pest management sectors in educating Missouri's citizens on responsible and sustainable pest management methods. An interlinked community of state faculty specialists, regional extension specialists, the MU Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Service, and MU IPM staff strive to deliver timely updates of ongoing and potential pest problems, and the research-based approaches to controlling them. Coordinating our efforts with our partners at Lincoln University broadens the reach of our land grant mission and allows the collective to accomplish even more. In 2016, we unveiled a new IPM website for Missouri that acts as a modernized communication vehicle for our pest monitoring program, newsletter articles, and social media information. Our state and regional specialists are engaged in an array of research programs that aren't just a reaction to current problems, but also proactively plan for future pest threats. I hope you enjoy this 2016 update of our observations and activities, and look forward to serving you again in 2017.
Division of Plant Sciences
Lincoln University (LU) has served the needs of underserved Missourians since 1866. Missouri farmers growing specialty crops (vegetables and fruits in particular) are the primary audience of the LU IPM program. This past year has brought about some pest challenges and many opportunities for IPM. Extension activities implemented in 2016 focused on (1) invasive and emerging pests, (2) closing the knowledge gap between IPM and organic agriculture, (3) demonstrating the benefits of ecologically-based IPM, and (4) fostering IPM adoption by small- and mid-scale growers.
Dr. Jaime C. Pinero
State Extension Specialist
REVISED: January 18, 2017