The 2018 NYS Field Crops Weekly Pest Report and Evaluation
Wise, Ken; Cummings, Jaime
The NYS Field Crop Weekly Pest Report provides timely pest information to field crop extension educators and agricultural professionals. The report compiles weekly pest and crop observations collected by field crop extension personnel across NYS. In addition, the weekly report provides a vehicle to disseminate other relevant IPM information such as pest identification, scouting techniques and a calendar with suggestions for pest management activities. The pest report is distributed as a Cornell Cooperative Extension Blog http://blogs.cornell.edu/ipmwpr/. Subscribers (156) to this blog include: Extension Educators, crop consultants, growers, agribusiness associates, and Cornell University Faculty. We also place the blog link on the NYS IPM Facebook page (880 followers) and NYS IPM Field Crops Twitter account (500 followers). Twenty issues of the NYS Weekly Pest Report were published in 2018. Extension Educators and crop consultants utilize the Weekly Report as an overview of timely pest information and have found the report useful in alerting their local clientele regarding pest management issues. Results from an evaluation survey indicate that users extended articles from the report to approximately 5000 plus individuals by re-publication in newsletters or forwarding the report on their own listserv. Many crop consultants who responded indicated they used pest report information directly with growers.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Field Crops; Communication