Informed pest management solutions.

About us.

 

 

 

 

The Field Crops IPM Lab (directed by Dr. Brian McCornack) is housed in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University. Our objectives and goals closely align with the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service (K-State Research and Extension or KSRE) mission and vision. Various projects in the lab are funded by the Experiment Station , state and regional commodity groups, USDA programs and even industry. Our primary focus is on the development of ecological as well as economical management strategies for arthropods in managed ecosystems (soybean, sorghum, wheat, corn, and canola).

Research themes include:

1) understanding the impact of host quality on insect ecology

2) using remote sensing to quantify changes in plant and arthropod phenology, insect dispersion and distribution within managed and natural ecosystems

3) developing cost-effective sampling plans and sophisticated yet user-friendly decision support tools (www.soypod.info, www.iwheat.org, www.thebugspot.org) for use on smart phone devices (iPhone, Android, etc.)

4) developing dynamic, economic thresholds and injury levels for arthropods in managed systems

5) and understanding key environmental conditions governing arthropod outbreaks.