Enrollment in the Wayne County Extension integrated pest management (IPM) scouting program are now being accepted for the 2022 growing season. The crop scouting involves trained pest management scouts walking grower fields once a week as they scout for problem weeds, insects, and diseases. The scouts provide a written report on crop growth stage along with any potential pest problems. If a pest is at an economic threshold level, recommendations are provided to treat the pest. Crop scouting is available for alfalfa, corn, soybeans, commercial vegetable crops and fruit, as well as short season programs for early or late season greenhouse and high tunnel production. Paper copies of enrollment forms will be mailed out in late December.
The IPM scouting program is primarily self-funded. There is a fee to enroll in the program that includes an enrollment fee per farm plus a per acreage charge. There are discounts for large acreages of any single crop.
We will also be looking for anyone interested in working for the IPM program in 2022 as a pest scout. If you or someone you know is interest, please see the flyer listed below.