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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Dec 18, 2020

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a system by which pests are controlled using informed decision-making techniques such as pest monitoring and pest thresholds, instead of regular, scheduled pesticide use. Holistic IPM takes things to the next level beyond that, incorporating economic, social, and other advanced systems into the decision-making process. In this episode, Tom will walk us through all things IPM, including holistic IPM facets, techniques, success stories, and future research.

Tune in to learn:

  • What sparked the change from scheduled pesticides to IPM
  • What are some common IPM and holistic IPM techniques
  • How holistic IPM has helped cotton farmers in Arizona and apple farmers in the North East
  • What are some of the future areas of growth for holistic IPM

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CEU Quiz:

American Society of Agronomy and Certified Crop Advisor Program Webinars: 

Certified Crop Adviser Program IPM classes:

IPM Institute:

IPM Symposium:

Barrera, J.F. 2020. Beyond IPM: Introduction to the Theory of Holistic Pest Management. Springer, 154 pp.  

Heap, I.  The International Herbicide-Resistant Weed Database.

Covert, S.A., M.E. Shoda, S.M. Stackpoole, W.W. Stone.2020. Pesticide mixtures show potential toxicity to aquatic life in U.S. streams, water years 2013–2017. Science of The Total Environment, 745,

Peterson, R. K.D., L.G Higley, L.P. Pedigo. 2018. Whatever Happened to IPM? American Entomologist, 64 (3): 146–150,

Silent Spring book by Rachel Carson:

Organic and IPM Working Group white paper:

Organic and IPM Working Group regenerative agriculture fact sheet:

The Kellogg Company is committed to supporting one million farmers and workers globally by the end of 2030 with programs focused on climate, social and financial resiliency. Kellogg’s Origins™ program provides farmers with training, funds, and technical assistance to adopt conservation and regenerative agriculture practices. To strengthen these programs across North America, Kellogg is investing in science-based integrated pest management (IPM) training for the agronomy professionals farmers turn to for practical guidance. Visit or to learn more.

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