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Building the Perfect Sweep Net: Learn How This IPM Tool Can Help Save Money and Improve Alfalfa Quality 2001

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Project Leader(s): Michael J. Stanyard, Area Field Crops Specialist, NWNY DL & FC Team

Cooperator(s): Judson E. Reid, Ag/4H Program Leader, Yates County CCE

Nancy Glazier, Assistant, NWNY DL & FC Team

Type of grant: Training practitioners to use IPM techniques

Project location(s): Yates County

Abstract: Injury from potato leafhopper (PLH) feeding is a major cause of yield and quality reduction of alfalfa. If not recognized in a timely manner, PLH injured alfalfa can affect a dairy producers bottom line. While working with Mennonite farmers in Yates County, the lack of knowledge of alfalfa IPM became evident. Farmers were not practicing any pest management, spraying prophylactically, or using their hats to sweep for pests. Our educational programming on how to make and use sweep nets helped growers identify and implement IPM practices to manage leafhopper populations. Close monitoring of PLH also assured proper timing and justification of insecticide applications. Overall, we demonstrated to these growers how this IPM tool could help them save them money by producing a higher quality feed for their cows.