Bayer offers free guide for field veg insects

March 09, 2010
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bayer_veginsectguideMarch 11, 2010 – Vegetable growers across Canada now have a valuable tool to help correctly identify 39 of the most common insects affecting the productivity of vegetable field crops. A Field Guide to Vegetable Insects – a new publication produced by Bayer CropScience – is the first of its kind and includes full-colour photos of 39 insect pests, as well as keys for identification, crops affected and management notes.

The guide can be ordered at no charge at: BayerCropScience.ca/VegInsectGuide or by calling 888-283-6847.

“Accurate identification of insect pests can be a difficult task – but one that’s critical for making pest management decisions,” says David Kikkert, portfolio manager, horticulture, for Bayer CropScience. “Growers now have a dedicated resource to help them correctly identify vegetable pests, and make sound crop protection decisions.” 

According to a 2007 report by John R. Meyer, Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University: “The economic impact of insects is measured not only by the market value of products they destroy and the cost of damage they inflict but also by the money and resources expended on prevention and control of pest outbreaks. Although dollar values for these losses are nearly impossible to calculate, economists generally agree that insects consume or destroy around 10 per cent of gross national product in industrialized nations.”

Content and photos for the new guide was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Government of Manitoba, Government of Prince Edward Island, The Ohio State University, Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota.

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