Effective control of pests - weeds, insects and diseases - is critical to assuring healthy crops. We know of many different approaches to managing pests, including preventing the introduction of pests in the first place, optimum timing of activities, crop rotation, mechanical control techniques, and even encouraging natural enemies of pests. These various options, along with the judicious use of pesticides, help us manage pests safely, responsibly and economically - while also protecting our lakes, rivers and streams, as well as the ground water many of us depend on for our drinking water supplies.
Keep field records of pest control activities and pest populations. Field records should include:
These field records will assist in comparing and evaluating the effectiveness of various pest management techniques. To record field information, templates are available (PDF) from Purdue Cooperative Extension Service – Purdue University. If pesticides are used, read and follow label restrictions and procedures. For more information, contact our licensing unit at 651-201-6615 or visit the Private Pesticide Applicator Certification and Pesticide Applicator Licensing sections of our website.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture • University of Minnesota Extension • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Working cooperatively to balance pest management and water quality protection. October 2008
Photos courtesy of University of Minnesota Extension Service
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division