In 2016 at the request of General Mills, we assessed pesticide use and the extent of integrated pest management (IPM) adoption in five major North American field crops: corn, oats, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. We reviewed Extension resources and published literature, used data from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and interviewed crop production and pest management experts. Our research revealed major differences in IPM practice adoption among these crops, from a well-developed IPM infrastructure in sugar beets, to widespread adoption of pest-resistant varieties and minimal pesticide use in wheats and oats, to comparatively lower IPM adoption in corn and soybean.
Through our research we identified specific priorities for IPM adoption to reduce pesticide use and risks to workers, consumers, pollinators and the environment in each crop. We are excited to continue our work with General Mills in 2019 by meeting with their growers and suppliers to discuss specific IPM priorities that can help growers produce a high-quality crop and manage insects, weeds and diseases while improving pollinator populations and soil health.
Read more about our work with General Mills and their support for IPM here.