To help provide up to date details about active insect and disease activity, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Crop Survey Program trains field scouts to watch for pest damage. Once pests that affect profits are found, farmers are encouraged to use an IPM approach. Near real-time maps and data are made available to all stakeholders via the NDSU Extension IPM website, NDSU Extension Crop and Pest Report newsletter, the Crop and Pest Report website and Facebook pages, and Extension meetings and field days. The NDSU Extension IPM Crop Survey helps farmers use IPM strategies for management of crop pests, and promotes the judicious use of pesticides for economic and environmental sustainability. The NDSU Extension Pest Management App includes resources on weed, insect and plant diseases, IPM information for 16 field crops, a photo submission tool, pesticide efficacy tables, and a pest photo library.
For Pollinator Extension Outreach, NDSU collaborated with the pollinator team at Michigan State University Extension from 2019-2021 and produced three new Extension fact sheets to increase pollinator knowledge. The NDSU Extension Master Gardener Program certified 27 new or retrofitted pollinator gardens. Numerous pollinator trainings reached more than 500 gardeners. Furthermore, an annual field day is held at the NDSU Horticultural Research Farm where >275 participants can tour the pollinator plantings and listen to updates on pollinators.
The NDSU IPM program also supports two secondary priorities. The first is the North Dakota State University Plant Diagnostic Lab, which helps identify plant pests. Each year, the Plant Diagnostic Lab processes over 3800 samples, and provides IPM advice for >350 plant disease and >600 insect identification requests. Another priority is IPM education for Pesticide Applicators. IPM education modules are included in the NDSU Extension Pesticide Training and Certification Program.