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North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) Priorities 2015-2016

The North Central IPM Center’s priorities were identified through broad, regional stakeholder input and undergo annual stakeholder review to ensure the priorities continue to support the needs of the North Central region’s IPM community.

NCIPMC Signature Programs

NCERA222 North Central IPM Coordinators' Committee Priorities

Research and Extension Priorities

  1. Increase adoption of IPM through developing educational programs and information
  2. Improve awareness and knowledge of what IPM is and how it benefits society as a whole
  3. Train the next generation of IPM researchers and practitioners
  4. Implement pest monitoring and diagnostics to improve IPM decisions
  5. Develop pest thresholds and prediction models
  6. Develop and promote technologies that support IPM
  7. Network and collaborate with state, regional, and federal partners working on IPM-related issues

Current and Emerging Priority Areas

Working Group Priorities

Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group Priorities

The Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group (GLVWG) began in October 2004 as a network of vegetable production specialists throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, united by addressing key pest management issues in vegetable production within this region. Members communicate predominately through an electronic listserv that reaches not only other specialists but other industry, grower and commodity association stakeholders throughout the region. The working group also hosts an annual one a half day conference to promote information and program exchange among vegetable specialists across state lines, and to identify and discuss current priorities facing the vegetable industry. The primary objectives of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group are focused on improved flow of information among all components of IPM, with broader understanding and engagement of both scientific and Extension communities across disciplines, crops, and states while improving economic efficiencies of information exchange and knowledge sharing. 

Invasive Plants in Trade Working Group Priorities

A priority for this working group is to provide participants with information on invasive plants impacting the Midwest, including invasive potential of ornamental cultivars of invasive plants, impacts of invasive plants, and distribution data on ornamental plant invasions in the Midwest. They will also discuss options for reducing the sale of invasive ornamental plants in the Midwest, including legislative efforts in states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois; voluntary phase-out of invasive plants and increased availability of non-invasive alternatives; and the development of a certification program for invasive-free nurseries. The group will explore sterile ornamental plant creation, stability over time, and regulation of invasive plant cultivars as wekk as share meeting information widely throughout the region through a meeting report and a webinar.

Northern Plains Integrated Pest Management IPM Guide Working Group Priorities

  1. Make IPM information more available to the public and to IPM specialists via the Northern Plains IPM Guide.
  2. Increase communication and collaboration among IPM specialists in the region by working on this Guide together.

Pulse Crops Working Group (PCWG) Priorities

Priorities for this working group include fostering collaboration among the PCWG members for increased grant submission, research and outreach activities, manuscript publication and developing grower-focused IPM materials for pulse crops. Another priority is continuing and expanding formal and informal knowledge and material transfer among members.

Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group (NCCHWG) Priorities

The North Central Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group (NCCWG) overall objectives are to promote collaboration among scientific and extension programs in the North Central states and to increase knowledge of IPM practices in landscapes. They will meet these objectives by focusing on seven objectives related to IPM of landscapes and gardens. And they will develop three new webinars and learning modules on IPM. Webinar announcements and dates are posted online: learn.extension.org.

In Objective 1, they will develop a webinar/module on small fruits (strawberries and blueberries) and IPM for spotted wing Drosophila, marmorated stink bug, and tarnished plant bug and diseases in home gardens and landscapes.

In Objective 2, they will develop a webinar/module on home lawns and IPM of European cranefly and Japanese beetle and selected fungal diseases.

In Objective 3, they will develop a webinar/module on pesticides and pollinators.

In Objective 4, they will develop an online portal for the NC IPM working group products on the eXtension website to promote the work they have accomplished to further increase knowledge of IPM in home landscapes. Past and future webinars will be developed into modules at campus.extension.org.

In Objective 5, they will develop a citizen's science-like project on pollinators, with plots at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum installed with native and cultivated garden plants where visitors and Extension Master Gardeners can count the pollinators in each plot and turn their results into a collection box to determine if native or garden plants support more pollinators.

In Objective 6, they will develop this demonstration project into a protocol for other botanic gardens or display gardens in the North Central region. Lastly, in Objective 7, they will write an article on the demonstration project and IPM programs.

Sunflower Pathology Working Group Priorities