Integrated Pest Management in Alabama

(mellow guitar music) – Hello; my name is
Ayanava Majumdar, and I’m the Extension Entomology
and State SARE Coordinator here at Auburn
University, Alabama. Remember, in Alabama, our
pest pressures are incredible, and we have insect pests
that never sleep here. They’re always active. Our producers go
from crop to crop, and these insects
continue to feed, so we have tremendous
build-up of insects, and, in organic systems, there’s
really nothing to stop them. In fact, we don’t even
have organic insecticides for some of our top insects. It’s incredible, because the
SARE funding has allowed me to develop a new organic
movement in the research, and coordinate the research
and educational activities, and it’s been incredible
because we have learned so much in very little time. – [Voiceover] SARE State
Coordinator program brings sustainable innovations to
America’s farmers and ranchers. In Alabama, Doctor
Majumdar is sharing integrated pest
management strategies that protect vegetable
crops with fewer pesticides, leading to increased
productivity and earnings. – Ayanava, Doctor A,
came out to our farm and consulted with us
to help us identify a lot of the bugs and insects
that we’ve been dealing with, and he has been a great
resource for us in helping to identify bugs and
understand their life cycles, as well as a resource as far as less toxic pesticide treatment, and ways to handle these
bugs that are not in many of the publications
that you find readily for small farms. – [Voiceover] Doctor
Majumdar’s SARE-funded research on Will Mastin’s
farm has demonstrated that growing vegetables
inside netted structures can keep certain pests out. – We almost don’t even have
to worry about caterpillars inside of these
structures anymore. That used to be a
constant scouting routine, of trying to find the
caterpillars starting to hatch in their first
couple of instars. Now, we really don’t even
have to think about that. So it saves us labor, it
saves us pesticide usage, and we can focus on
planting, harvesting, and doing the things
that we need to be doing instead of just trying
to babysit and take care of our crops from the bugs. (mellow guitar music) – We have seen about 900
to a thousand producers, new producers, come
to our classes, which we were missing in the
beginning, without a program, a dedicated program. And from the surveys
we have done, it appears that by using
the IPM recommendations, which is a three-tiered
approach to IPM, our producers can save
anywhere from 40 to 50% of their crop. (mellow guitar music) From the producer perspective, there was no knowledge
infrastructure before the SARE
program was initiated. So now, we have a
SARE infrastructure, a knowledge infrastructure,
for these organic producers who never had help before. So the value, from my side,
is really based on grants, but from the producer’s
side, it’s thousands and perhaps millions of dollars
on the state-wide basis. (mellow guitar music)

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