Category Archives: Outcome Assessments

2010 Crop Production Outcome Summary

Developed by Jared Ripple, Extension Agent-IPM, Williamson and Milam Counties Relevance: With over 150,000 acres of crop land in Williamson County, crop production not only accounts for a significant portion of the local economy, but also contributes to the state and national economies. Agricultural crops in Williamson County include corn, cotton, grain sorghum, wheat, oats, and hay. In 2009, the combined value of these crops was approximately $21,368,353. People often underestimate the factors that go into producing a crop, much less making it profitable. Some of these factors… Read More →

Integrated Pest Management Education Program

Developed by Molly Keck, IPM Program Specialist, Bexar County AgriLife Extension RELEVANCE:  Insects are a part of everyday life and the greatest exposure to pests and control tactics occurs where people live, work and play .  Few people understand that the majority of insects found in urban environments are not harmful, but either beneficial or neutral.  Integrated pest management is a practice that encourages using alternative means to control pests, such as cultural and mechanical practices, and using low impact pesticides only when needed.  Increasing awareness of beneficial… Read More →

Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Training 2010 Evaluation Results

Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Training 2010 Evaluation Results     BEFORE Mean BEFORE St. Dev. AFTER Mean AFTER St. Dev. CHANGE I can identify insect to order 1.39 .70 2.9 .68 +1.51 I can explain the concept of IPM to others 2.26 .93 3.53 .61 +1.27 I can choose a low impact pesticides for a given pest problem 2.05 .97 3.16 .50 +1.11 I can suggest the most appropriate treatment for a client with a fire ant problem 1.94 .97 3.47 .62 +1.53 I know where to go… Read More →

ISEC Home Pest Management Program with Austin Habitat for Humanity 2010

ISEC Home Pest Management Program with Austin Habitat for Humanity 2010 Pest control in the home often involves using whatever chemical is handy or cheap. This is especially true of low income and elderly homeowners who may not have the educational background or experience to know about alternatives. Spraying chemical pesticides in the home may not be safe for the pesticide user and sometimes makes the pest problem worse instead of better. Numerous tactics can be used to prevent pests from becoming a problem within the home; and… Read More →

2010 Gaines County Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

Manda Cattaneo, Extension Agent – IPM, Gaines Count Relevance Gaines County is the number one cotton and peanut producer in the state of Texas, with approximately 280,974 and 41,710 planted acres of cotton and peanuts in 2010, respectively.  These producers are being faced with increased crop production cost, increased scarcity of water, increased plant disease prevalence, and on‐going insect management issues.  Water and economic development are two of the top three critical issues identified by the Texas Community Futures Forum for Gaines County. The number one top agriculture… Read More →

Elementary Insects: Youth Entomology Education Program

Developed by Molly Keck, IPM Program Specialist, Bexar County AgriLife Extension   RELEVANCE:  Surveys and evaluations provided through The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) have indicated that United States students rank poorly in the knowledge of science and math.  Most students are not being prepared for a world that is shaped by science and technology.  According to Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, the United States is ranked 17th of 34 countries (average) for science skills.  Science education is vital to students because it increases critical… Read More →

Integrated Pest Management Education Program – Outcome Summary

Developed by Molly Keck, IPM Program Specialist, Bexar County AgriLife Extension   RELEVANCE:  Insects are a part of everyday life and the greatest exposure to pests and control tactics occurs where people live, work and play .  Few people understand that the majority of insects found in urban environments are not harmful, but either beneficial or neutral.  Integrated pest management is a practice that encourages using alternative means to control pests, such as cultural and mechanical practices, and using low impact pesticides only when needed.  Increasing awareness of… Read More →

2010 Lubbock Master Gardener Association Water Conservation Educational Activities

Brant Baugh, Extension Agent – Integrated Pest Management – Lubbock Relevance: From 1998 to 2004 the average water use in Lubbock was approximately 190 gallons per person per day. The current five year average per capita water consumption is 132 gallons.  During the summer months, approximately 50% of the water demand is used for irrigation of residential and commercial landscapes. Currently, Lake Meredith (the primary drinking water source for Lubbock and 10 other cities) is at less than 5% of storage capacity. The need for enhanced water conservation… Read More →

Integrated Pest Management of Creontiades signatus Outcome Program Summary

by Stephen Biles – Extension Agent – Integrated Pest Management Calhoun, Refugio and Victoria Counties Relevance: Creontiades signatus is an emerging pest of cotton in the Coastal Bend of Texas.  The insect has been found to cause boll damage as a result of feeding.  Populations of this pest tend to occur within 30-50 miles of the Gulf Coast.  This insect has been found feeding on grain sorghum and has been found in soybean fields.  Little is known about the behavior of the insect or action thresholds for management. … Read More →

IPM Programming: Jackson, Matagorda and Wharton Counties – 2010

Developed by Clyde R. Crumley, EA- IPM, Jackson, Matagorda and Wharton Counties   Relevance: Agricultural costs continue to rise nationwide while commodity prices remain low. For area producers to continue in the farming business, they must find ways to cut inputs at the same time increasing production. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a tool which aids producers in the reduction of those input costs. IPM considers multiple tactics for the control of pests, maintaining pest populations below a damaging level and conservation of the environment. Agriculture is one… Read More →