Accurate, real-world data are critical to evaluating the success and economic outcomes of integrated pest management (IPM). Without benchmarks, industries cannot track their progress.
The Crop Pest Losses Impact Assessment Signature Program of the Western IPM Center supports the development of data on costs and impacts of pest insects, weeds and plant pathogens and their management in western crops.
We work directly with licensed pest control advisors and crop consultants who serve as primary decision makers for pest management. By engaging the most knowledgeable stakeholders, we gather the most accurate data possible in our Annual Crop Pest Losses surveys. Data collected includes:
Data developed through the Crop Pest Losses Impact Assessment Program have yielded many benefits to crop industries and researchers, including:
Meetings are designed as an interactive technical dialog between pest managers and researchers, typically Extension scientists. We incentivize the process and make it worthwhile for participants who provide critical real-world knowledge.
We can Help!
We can support start-up efforts for surveys in other states and commodities through the Western IPM Center Signature Program. We have expertise and can provide resources that can be customized to fit the needs of various commodity groups. Travel and other expenses associated with initiating a survey can be covered through this program. What is needed to succeed is commitment from a local contact with ties to stakeholders in the commodity of interest. Please contact us for more information.
Presentations & Reports
PPT files availalbe upon request.
Cotton Pest Losses Workshop presentation & instructions pdf
Lettuce Pest Losses Workshop presentation & instructions (coming soon)
Melon Pest Losses Workshop presentation & instructions pdf
Report: 2015 Insecticide Usage on Arizona Lettuce pdf John C. Palumbo.
Data, publications and presentations related to head lettuce and melon insect losses are available on this site.
This material is based upon work that is supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA NIFA), through the Western Integrated Pest Management Center. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.