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Insect Pest Monitoring Network (IPMN)

The Insect Pest Monitoring Network is a prairie-wide, coordinated insect monitoring program designed to keep the Canadian agriculture industry informed of the risks to crop production from pest species and to highlight and conserve their natural enemies. The Network is supported by the following partners (alphabetical order):

  •    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  •    AAFC – Pest Management Centre
  •    AAFC – Matching Investment Initiative
  •    Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  •    Alberta Canola Producers Commission
  •    BC Grain Producers Association
  •    Canola Council of Canada
  •    Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
  •    Manitoba Canola Growers Association
  •    Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  •    Saskatchewan Crop Insurance
  •    SaskCanola
  •    University of Alberta
  •    Western Grains Research Foundation

Background

When insect pest outbreaks occur in one area their impact may eventually be felt across a much larger region. A prairie-wide monitoring program is vital to keeping the agriculture industry informed of the risk to crop production from insect pests.

The Insect Pest Monitoring Network supports prairie-wide monitoring by:

  • Developing, compiling and updating insect monitoring protocols to ensure a ‘best practice’ approach in relation to pest surveying conducted across the prairies.

    Insect monitoring protocols

  • Forecasting and issuing risk warnings as pest issues arise.
  • Generating timely risk warnings in map format (i.e., prairie-wide, provincial and regional) accompanied by interpretive text for use by farmers, extension personnel, pesticide applicators and pesticide manufacturers.
  • Risk warning maps

  • Monitoring and quantifying risk associated with potential, new invasive species for Canada and their parasitoids.