The concept of a coordinated insect surveillance program for the prairies first took shape in 1997. Since then, the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) has been involved in developing monitoring protocols and coordinating field crop insect population monitoring. The distribution and abundance of crop pests are correlated with climate, weather, agronomic practices and their natural enemies; these factors can be utilized to forecast pest populations and better understand where and when crops may be affected.
The PPMN is comprised of field crop entomologists who conduct research and actively monitor to support crop protection on the Canadian prairies. It includes researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Manitoba Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry as well as University researchers. Industry stakeholders provide regular input and valuable insights at annual PPMN working group meetings.
Dr. Owen Olfert (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research and Development Centre) is the PPMN chair. Over the years, the Network has been funded by several partners. Our current funding support (2015-2019) is led by Western Grains Research Foundation who is partnered with Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
All posted information represents Network participants’ and the Blog Editors’ best attempts to synthesize available information related to insect pest monitoring, identification, and pest management strategies used to protect field crops grown on the Canadian prairies. The Blog’s content is for informational and educational purposes only. Any pest management decision or action based, in whole or in part, on the content of this Blog is the sole responsibility of the reader. The Blog Editors reserve the right to correct, revise, and update all content without obligation to notify any person of changes. This Blog is used for non-commercial purposes only.
The PPMN has evolved thanks to the ongoing commitment and effort of the many prairie-based entomologists who continue to work collaboratively in an effort to protect Canada’s field crop production systems. Numerous staff contributed to the development of the Blog and its content since 2015 – many thanks to Owen Olfert, Jennifer Otani, David Giffen, Ross Weiss, Erl Svendsen, Shelby Dufton and Amanda Jorgensen.
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