Dr David Jordan - Crop and Soil Sciences

Dr. David Jordan Reynolds Professor and Extension Specialist Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Teaching the Undergraduate IPM Course: A Mile Wide and Occasionally a Mile Deep Summary The undergraduate course Integrated Pest Management (CS 415) is required for several undergraduate curricula in CALS. Major elements of the course include: IPM from an historical perspective; general overviews of entomology, plant pathology, nematology and weed science; calculations of economic thresholds for insects; calculation of the AUDPC used in plant pathology; challenges with economic thresholds for weeds; contrasts of organic and conventional production; cover crops as a tool for pest management; elements of boll weevil, screwworm, and witchweed (Striga) eradication programs; pollinators; evolved resistance of pests; pesticide stewardship; ramifications of climate change on pests and their management; statistics and pest management recommendations; and risk management tools for pests. Elements of pest management in multiple settings include: major agronomic crops (corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut, soybean, and tobacco); vegetable and fruit crops (blueberry, cucumbers, strawberry, sweet corn, sweetpotato, and tomato); contrasts of pest management in pastures and forages, turfgrass, and small grains; pest management in aquatic, urban, greenhouse and nursery settings; pests of stored products; and pest management in resource-limited countries with a focus on interactions of agriculture and human health. In addition to exams and daily quizzes, each student is assigned a unique setting and asked to prepare a one-page fact sheet on the distribution, biology and economic impact of a pest of their choice. Approaches to managing the pest using PAMS (Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring, and Suppression) as outlined by the Southern Region IPM Center is required. A second component of the assignment is development of a risk index for the pest and setting. A textbook is not required for the course. However, in addition to PowerPoint presentations, students receive CAST and peer-reviewed articles throughout the semester and pest management guides and manuals. Students consider environmental, financial, and social ramifications of pest management and unexpected consequences that may occur.