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Introduction and Background
Head Lettuce Pest Losses
Melon Pest Losses
Presentations

Introduction and Background:

The development of accurate real world data on crop pest losses and pesticide usage is important to the agricultural industry. Quantifiable measurements of pesticide use patterns, costs, target pests, and yield/quality losses due to key pests are our most objective tools for assessing change in our agricultural systems.

The Crop Pest Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group, funded through the Western IPM Center and UA Cooperative Extension, was formed to address this need. This group is made up of Extension entomologists, County Agents, Farm Advisors, Pest Control Advisors (PCAs), growers and ag industry representatives from Arizona and the low desert regions of California who have an interest in documenting pest losses and pesticide use in some of our major cropping systems, including head lettuce, melons and cotton.

Data are collected through a series of interactive clientele workshops. We work hard to enlist participation of representative PCAs and other stakeholders from throughout the appropriate growing regions, and follow-up with mail surveys to those who cannot attend, to develop the most complete and accurate dataset possible.

Head Lettuce Pest Losses:

2004-2010 Palumbo, J. C. 2011. Assessment of Insect Losses and Insecticide Use on Arizona Head Lettuce, 2004-2010. University of Arizona Vegetable IPM Update, Vol 2, No. 8. April 20, 2011.

2005-2009 Palumbo J.C. & Castle S.J. 2009. IPM for fresh-market lettuce production in the desert southwest: the produce paradox. Pest Management Science 65: 1311-1320.

2007 Head Lettuce Insect Losses Survey Form (PDF, 126KB)

Publications and Data

2006-2007 (PDF, 356KB)
Palumbo, J., K. Nolte, A. Fournier & P. Ellsworth, 2007. Insect Crop Losses and Insecticide Usage for Head Lettuce in Arizona: 2006/2007. In D. Byrne [ed.], 2007 Vegetable Report. AZ1438. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ.

2004-2006 (PDF, 64KB)
Palumbo, J., A. Fournier, P. Ellsworth, K. Nolte, P. Clay, 2006. Insect Crop Losses and Insecticide Usage for Head Lettuce in Arizona: 2004-2006. In D. Byrne [ed.], 2007 Vegetable Report. AZ1419. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Tucson,AZ.

2001/2002 Palumbo, J., 2002. Arizona Head Lettuce Insect Losses 2001/2002.

2000/2001 Palumbo, J., 2001. Arizona Head Lettuce Insect Losses 2000/2001.

Melon Pest Losses:

2009 Melon Pest Losses Survey Form (PDF, 265KB)
In 2009, the survey was revised to include insects, diseases and weeds.

2007 Melon Insect Losses Survey Form (PDF, 119KB)

Publications and Data

2007 (PDF, 248KB)
Palumbo, J., A. Fournier, P. Ellsworth, E. Taylor & K. Rice, 2007. Insect Crop Losses and Insecticide Usage for Spring Melons in Southwestern Arizona fro 2007. In D. Byrne [ed.], 2007 Vegetable Report, AZ1438. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ.

2007 (PDF, 332KB)
Palumbo, J., K. Nolte, A. Fournier & P. Ellsworth, 2007. Insect Crop Losses and Insecticide Usages for Spring Melons in Central Arizona for 2007. In E. Byrne [ed.], 2007 Vegetable Report. AZ1438. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ.

2004-2006 (PDF, 60KB)
Palumbo, J., A. Fournier, P. Ellsworth, P. Clay & K. Nolte, 2006. Insect Crop Losses and Insecticide Usage for Spring Melons in Southwestern Arizona: 2004-2006. In D. Byrne [ed.], 2007 Vegetable Report. AZ1419. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ.

2004-2006 (PDF, 56KB)
Palumbo, J., A. Fournier, P. Ellsworth, K. Nolte, P. Clay, 2006. Insect Crop Losses and Insecticide Usage for Cantaloupes and Watermelons in Central Arizona: 2004-2006. In D. Byrne [ed.], 2007 Vegetable Report. AZ1419. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ.

2001/2002Umeda, K., 2002. Arizona Melon Insect Losses 2002.

Presentations:

Desert Ag Conference, 2007 (PDF, 3.35MB)
Palumbo, J., A. Fournier, P. Ellsworth, P. Clay and K. Nolte. Insect Losses and Insecticide Use in Arizona Vegetables. Presented May 2, 2007 at the Desert Agriculture Conference, Francisco Grande Hotel, Casa Grande, AZ.

Head Lettuce Insect Losses Workshop Presentation, 2007 (PDF, 1.28MB)
Palumbo, J., 2007. Arizona Head Lettuce Insect Losses Workshop - Crop Insect Losses and Impact Assessment Working Group. Presented April 4, 2007 at Yuma County Cooperative Extension Office, Yuma, AZ.

Melon Insect Losses Workshop Presentation, 2007 (PDF, 3.29MB)
Palumbo, J., 2007. Arizona Spring Melon Isect Losses Workshop - Crop Insect Losses and Impact Assessment Wroking Group. Presented July 2, 2007 at Yuma County Cooperative Extension Office, Yuma, AZ.

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