Most of the commercial insecticides in use today were tested in R&D programs with Pacific Ag. This is because our entomology staff is familiar with the key pest complexes and is well networked throughout the high-value crop industry. Emphasis is placed on developing tools and practices for controlling pests before economic thresholds are reached. Some of the research methods more commonly used by our staff include: lab and field bioassays, caged insect studies in the field and greenhouse, predatory insect population monitoring, and insect degree-day models that predict onset of pest pressures in the various growing regions we service.
Mesh cages over cotton in Five Points allows for maintaining insect populations for insecticidal activity and traits testing.
Helicoverpa zea (common names: corn earworm, cotton bollworm, tomato fruitworm) on tomato
Insect cages being used in a lettuce trial conducted by Pacific Ag Research in the Salinas Valley
Insect cages being used in the greenhouse at the San Luis Obispo center