IPM tips and tricks

Need help getting started with IPM? We’re here to help. We’ll try to update this page regularly with with useful tips and tricks to help you with pest management. Please feel free to request content you feel would be useful, via our contacts page. Don’t forget to check out our Insect Identification Aids & IPM information pages.


Top 10 tips for IPM

In this article, CSIRO scientist Dr Lewis Wilson gives his top 10 tips for effective IPM. This article was published through CSIRO’s Rural Press inserts on June 6 2013. To view the publication in full visit the Rural Press website or click here for the pdf.

Beat Sheet Sampling with Hugh Brier

Hugh Brier describes the need for beat sheet sampling in crop to identify insect pests. First you need to do a cursory inspection and look for what stage the crop is at. But to estimate the number of insects you need to sample at least 5-6 sites with 4-5 samples per site. The reason is because insects are not uniformly distributed across your crop. They tend to occur in hot-spots. Finally you need to know how to identify which insects are actually pests.
This presentation by Hugh Brier (Senior Entomologist, QDPI) was part of a Soybean & Pulse IPM training course provided to growers by AOF, Pulse Australia and GRDC.


Useful links:

Bugs for Bugs produces a range of biological control agents and supplies.

SARDI Pests & Diseases Fact Sheets

SARDI Diamondback Moth Information and Newsletter

DPI NSW Advice on pests, diseases and disorders in field crops and pastures

Queensland Government DAFF. Managing insect pests in field crops.

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd. Timerite. A tool that helps generate spring spray date for red-legged earth mites.

The Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) undertakes monitoring of locust populations.

Integrated Pest Management for Crops and Pastures is a straightforward guide for farmers to implement IPM in cropping and grazing.