​​Texas IPM Program Update

February 2018 | 20 min., 41 sec.
by David Kerns
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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Summary

​The goal of the Texas IPM Program is to promote the adoption of sound, science driven crop production practices and IPM in crops, homes, landscapes and schools. The Texas IPM Program is composed of 13 IPM Agents and 6 Program Specialists. IPM Agents and Program Specialist conduct applied research relevant to their respective program scope and geographic regions. These programs are based on directives specified by clientele orchestrated steering committees. Additionally, most IPM Agents assist agricultural producers in decision making by running scouting programs. An example of the applied research being conducted is the investigation into unexpected bollworm injury in Bt cotton. This research has determined that bollworms have developed resistance to several key Bt proteins. In response, new thresholds for bollworms in Bt cotton have been developed and insecticide efficacy tests have identified best mitigation responses.

About the Presenter

David KernsDavid Kerns received his BS, MS and PhD in entomology from Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Auburn University, respectively. He is currently employed with Texas A&M University as a Professor and State IPM Coordinator in College Station, TX. His research interests focus on IPM in row crops including cotton, soybean, sorghum and corn. Current research includes efficacy and resistance of transgenic Bt technologies in corn and cotton, and management of sugarcane aphids affecting grain sorghum.​

Contact Information:
Email: dlkerns@tamu.edu

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