Pollinator health and pest control in agriculture

Pesticides help control damaging crop pests, but may harm pollinators and other beneficial insects. In pumpkins and other cucurbits, pollinators are essential for fruit production. This study is part of a tri-state effort to investigate trade-offs between pest control and pollinator health in  cucurbits. In Ohio, we are collecting data on pests and pollinators on pumpkin farms that are managed in a variety of ways. We aim to develop best management practices that control important pests, like cucumber beetles, protect pollinators from pesticides, especially neonicitinoids, improve yields and minimize costs.

May 2017 – We are recruiting growers to participate in the study.

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