Pest in­for­ma­tion net­work

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With changes to cli­mate come changes to agri­cul­ture. While warmer climes can bring op­por­tu­ni­ties for new crops, there is also the po­ten­tial for new and emerg­ing plant dis­eases, in­sects or weeds to ar­rive in On­tario.

On­tario’s farm­ers have lead­ing-edge tools avail­able to help them make ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sions about deal­ing with these dis­eases and pests. OMAFRA is part of the North Amer­i­can Plant Health Ini­tia­tive and Pest In­for­ma­tion Plat­form for Ex­ten­sion and Ed­u­ca­tion (PIPE) that uses data from across the con­ti­nent to map cur­rent is­sues, and make pre­dic­tions about what might be com­ing. In­for­ma­tion comes from sen­tinel, re­search plots, re­ports from grow­ers and in­dus­try or­ga­ni­za­tions, data from agri-busi­nesses and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

With the rep­utable, sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion the net­work pro­duces, OMAFRA’s team of crop ad­vi­sors, en­to­mol­o­gists and plant pathol­o­gists are help­ing On­tario grow­ers proac­tively ad­dress emerg­ing dis­eases, re­duce pes­ti­cide and her­bi­cide use, and ben­e­fit from the knowl­edge of other ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions which have pre­vi­ously dealt with a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem.

OMAFRA’s in­volve­ment with the cross-bor­der net­work be­gan as a re­sponse to soy­bean rust and its po­ten­tial im­pact to North Amer­i­can soy­bean pro­duc­tion.

Other is­sues cur­rently un­der the watch­ful eye of the net­work are soy­bean aphids and soy­bean cyst ne­ma­tode.

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