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Insect Pest Fact Sheets to Promote better IPM for Sod Production 2006

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Project Leader: D. Peck, Soil Insect Ecology and Turfgrass Entomology, Department of Entomology, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY

Cooperators: M. Diaz, M. Seto, NYSAES, Cornell University

Abstract: We are developing, publishing and promoting a series of four fact sheets on the most damaging and widespread insect pest complexes of sod production and turfgrass maintenance. Our goal is to increase the quality and availability of information relevant to IPM under the geographic, meteorological and regulatory conditions in NY. Three of those fact sheets are being converted to Spanish to assess the value of bilingual materials to the green industry workforce. To accompany these pest profiles, we are also gathering complementary information to construct range maps for each species across counties of the state. To date, an English and Spanish language version of a fact sheet on the invasive European crane fly complex has been completed and made available on the NYS IPM Website. Locality data have been coalesced and converted into visual range maps. A second fact sheet on the annual bluegrass weevil is in an advanced draft form and is expected on-line by the end of January, followed by the white grub complex, and the hairy chinch bug. Overall impact of the project will be measured in numbers of individuals that come in contact with hard copy or on-line versions of this information.