MU celebrates history and future of integrated pest management

As University of Missouri Extension researchers celebrate the 50th anniversary of integrated pest management, they reflect on the past, present and future of IPM.
The University of Missouri IPM program began in the mid-1970s with a focus on insects. The program has expanded to focus on sustainable management of insects, weeds and diseases. “One current emphasis is a statewide pathogen survey to better understand disease threats to corn and soybean. This is essential if we want to avoid exhausting chemical control options,” said MU Extension specialist and IPM coordinator Mandy Bish.