Assessing risk is a crucial part of any producer’s pest control strategy. If you don’t know what to look for or how to look for it, you are setting yourself up for some potentially costly problems. That risk assessment starts with a good knowledge of the previous year including hotspots for activity, and overall movement of pests over affected areas.
With the unusually mild weather this winter and the extended fall this year across the prairies, there are some questions farmers have about the pest threat coming into the spring of 2012. Will those conditions mean an elevated pest threat for this year?
Jennifer Otani is an entomologist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. At this year’s FarmTech conference, Jennifer summarized pest activity in Alberta in 2011 and made some projections for 2012. I asked her what Alberta producers should be on the lookout for this year and what areas are at risk this year.
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