Webinar: Illinois IPM Program Highlights and Future Directions

Diane Plewa, Plant Clinic Director and State IPM Coordinator, will share updates from the University of Illinois IPM program on Wednesday, November 17 during the next Pests and Progress webinar.

Diane Plewa, University of Illinois Plant Clinic Director and State IPM Coordinator 
Diane Plewa, University of Illinois Plant Clinic Director and State IPM Coordinator 

The IPM Program at the University of Illinois conducts surveys, demonstrations, and education focused on invasive species, pest management, and pollinator protection in Illinois. Surveys include the University of Illinois Extension Survey, the the Natural History Survey and the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey. Results are used to direct outreach efforts, and the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey is distributed annually to monitor the presence and numbers of invasive pests in agronomic and specialty crops. Educational materials about these pests are created and shared, including identification aids and management recommendations. Field crop scouting schools focused on pest identification and damage and threshold evaluations were postponed due to the pandemic but are planned for the future, along with new and updated agronomic pest factsheets. 

Efforts related to pollinator protection compared bee numbers and species diversity across nature preserves and former farmland to get a better idea of what species are present in Illinois and in what numbers, and to determine if conservation habitats support similar bee populations as native ecosystems. A youth pollinator education program was also developed from this project with a dedicated website in progress.

Bee on mint flower.
Bee on mint flower.

The IPM program also supports the University of Illinois Plant Clinic, which processes samples from across Illinois and the United States, identifying pests and pathogens and providing research-based management recommendations for these issues. Plant Clinic personnel also provide education about plant health management for invasive and endemic pests and pathogens to the general public, agronomic producers, and green industry professionals. The IPM program uses newsletters, social media, field days, presentations, and workshops to broadcast information about effective, economical, and environmentally-friendly pest management.

This Pests and Progress webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 1:30 pm ET (12:30 pm CT). You must register to receive the link to this free online presentation.

The October Pests and Progress webinar featured Lee Miller and Xi Xiong, both from the University of Missouri. Dr. Miller shared updates from the Missouri IPM program, and Dr. Xiong shared research updates related to billbug pests, from basic biology to a new management strategy. The recordings are available on the North Central IPM Center YouTube Channel.

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