IPM Elements are concise lists of IPM and related best management practices.
These are crop and region-specific, and very efficient resources for determining which practices are recommended by land-grant university scientists for your crop.
These lists are typically created by a broad stakeholder group including Extension, growers, crop advisors and others. They often include both IPM and other Best Management Practices that can impact pest management and conservation, including water, soil and nutrient management.
There is great potential for IPM Elements, if adopted widely, to standardize pest management practices throughout an industry. This can lead to:
- higher profits for growers and sellers
- enhanced marketing of crops to buyers
- enhanced education and preparation of students for workforce
- industry standards for adoption by associations and grower groups
- improved research and outreach programs
- qualification of crop acreage for conservation and water quality best management practices
- inclusion of crop acreage and low input technology in tax incentives
- enhanced public relations when using elements as a public education tool
- branding of crops based on adoption of IPM
- enhanced IPM programs