About Beltwide Pecan ipmPIPE
The Pecan ipmPIPE program was organized during 2008 and winter/spring of 2009 by scientists (S-1049) and pecan producers (Pecan ipmPIPE Producer Advisory Board with representatives from pecan producer organizations) to plan, develop and launch the initial Pecan ipmPIPE Web site in April 2009. The organization/planning phase included poster and oral presentations by pecan scientists to introduce the program to pecan growers at annual meetings across the pecan belt.
The stakeholder organizational structure that resulted from this process is documented in papers presented in producer-oriented publications (i.e., Pecan Grower--Fall Issue 2008; Pecan South--April 2009). The organization now includes an extensive (120+) Pecan ipmPIPE producer network that provides near real-time information from the field on pecan nut casebearer, which is the target of Phase I risk assessment to aid decision making by producers.
The Pecan Advisory Board and the producer network also provide ongoing input on how to improve the present program and what additional needs should be addressed. Feedback is also solicited from the producer community by using producer organized venues like the annual meeting of regional organizations (there is currently no belt-wide producer meeting for pecan producers).
The mission of the Beltwide Pecan ipmPIPE Program is regional participation in a dynamic, integrated national system that provides useful, reliable information and tools for IPM practitioners throughout the "pecan belt," the principal states where at least some commercial pecans are grown. Our vision is to develop the ipmPIPE to help maximize economic returns, and improve social welfare and environmental health by promotion of efficient and coordinated IPM decision support systems. Read more about the national system's background and mission.
The objective of Pecan IPM PIPE is to familiarize users with the primary nuisance and beneficial arthropods associated with pecans. The ability to identify them combined with a knowledge of their biologies will allow pest management decisions to be made in time to minimize damage.
History of PIPE
The Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (PIPE) began as a USDA-initiated Internet-based response to the discovery of soybean rust in 2005 in Louisiana. The program activated interactions and informed soybean stakeholders (producers, advisors, scientists, industry, agencies, consumers and others) of disease risk posed by this pathogen in near real time throughout soybean fields across the nation in the 2006 and subsequent years to the present. The program was expanded in 2007 to include the soybean aphid in risk assessments in the soybean pest complex, and to key pests of other commodities (legumes, cucurbits and pecan) in 2008.
- Jamshid Ashigh, Ph.D. - Extension Weed Specialist, Herbicide Specialist, Assistant Professor, Dept of Extension Plant Sciences, New Mexico State University
- Jim Dutcher, Ph.D. - Department of Entomology, University of Georgia
- Henry Fadamiro, Ph,D. - Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
- Elena Garcia, Ph.D. - Department of Horticulture, University of Arkansas
- Mike Hall, Ph.D. - Pecan Research/Extension Station, Louisiana State University
- Ken Hunt, Ph.D. - Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri
- Brad Lewis - Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Science, New Mexico State University
- Russ Mizell III. Ph.D. - University of Florida, Professor of Entomology, North Florida Research and Education Center
- Phil Mulder, Ph.D. - Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University
- Monte Nesbitt, Ph.D. - Texas AgriLife Extension
- Bill Ree - Texas AgriLife Extension
- Bill Reid, Ph.D. - Department of Entomology, Kansas State University
- Damon Smith, Ph.D - Turfgrass and Horticulture Crops Pathology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University
- Wayne Bailey, Ph.D. Division of Plant Scienes, University of Missouri
- Alejandro Calixto, Ph.D. - Texas AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University
- Donn T. Johnson, Ph.D - Fruit and Pecan Entomology, University of Arkansas
- Allen Knutson, Ph.D. - Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas AgriLife Research
- Leo Lombardini, Ph.D. - Department of Horticulture, Texas A&M University
- Randy Luttrell, - Ph.D. - Southern Insect Research Management Research Unite, USDA-ARS
- Auburn University
- Kansas State University
- Louisiana State University
- New Mexico State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Texas A&M University
- Texas AgriLife Research
- Texas AgrilLife Extension
- University of Arkansas
- University of Florida
- University of Georgia
- University of Missouri
- Arkansas Pecan Growers Association
- Louisiana Pecan Growers Association
- Northern Nut Growers Association
- Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association
- Southeastern Pecan Growers Association
- Texas Pecan Growers Association
- Western Pecan Growers Association
Marvin K. Harris, Ph.D. - Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University