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This proposal request is for funding in Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) focus area 1) Plant Protection Tactics and Tools, for work proposed in the priority areas of IPM Implementation in Agronomic Crops and IPM Implementation in Specialty Crops. This work will continue the introduction of a new IPM tactics such as harvest weed seed control used in testing for a viral disease in wheat, IPM resources for emerging pests in vegetables, and development of new information for underserved clientele (e.g., community food gardens). Additionally, funding is requested in CPPM focus area 4) IPM for Sustainable Communities to support work proposed in the priority area of IPM Implementation in Communities. Our activities under this priority will include development of programming and educational resources to facilitate increased adoption of IPM for pests associated with food and ornamental gardens. We also request funding for the priority area IPM Support for Pest Diagnostic Facilities, which will support the project across the focus areas and priorities we propose to address in this project. Our activities and educational and outreach materials we propose to develop will contribute to the National IPM Roadmap goals of "improving cost benefit analyses when adopting IPM strategies", "reducing potential human health risks from pests and related management strategies" and "minimizing adverse environmental effects from pests and related management strategies".IPM Implementation in Agronomic Crops1) Integrated weed management using Harvest Weed Seed Control (HWSC).2) IPM for wheat disease control3) IPM for wheat stem sawfly and alfalfa weevilIPM Implementation in CommunitiesThis priority will focus primarily on extension training programs and development of materials to increase adoption of IPM practices for pests associated with urban landscapes and gardens.We will address this need by 1) Providing IPM training and diagnostics through the County Extension offices, and in collaboration with the Colorado Master Gardener program, focused on implementing IPM to suppress emerging and established pests, and 2) Developing a set of Extension Fact Sheets and a series of posters/handouts focused on identification and role of natural enemies of pests associated with home gardens, lawns, and trees and shrubs in Colorado. These resources will supplement already existing Extension publications and resources focused on the pests. We will also involve the CSU Bug Zoo in local Farmers Markets to increase adoption and implementation of IPM strategies.IPM Implementation in Specialty CropsThis objective will focus on extension resources, workshops, and training designed to 1) increase awareness of emerging pest issues and increased adoption of IPM tactics to suppress emerging pests, 2) increase in adoption of IPM tactics to delay onset of insecticide resistance, and 3) decrease in reliance on insecticides as a sole management approach in specialty crops.IPM Support for Diagnostic FacilitiesThrough this project, the PDC will support IPM efforts in the state by 1) increasing disease, pest, and weed monitoring and data collection for the state, 2) supporting wheat disease diagnostics, 3) supporting county extension by offering diagnostic services free of charge to farmers, and 4) building lab capacity for the identification and prevention of Palmer amaranth.

Szczepaniec, A.; Gaines, To, .; Jones, K; Nachappa, Pu, .; Roberts, Ro, .
Colorado State University
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