New user-friendly website for Prairie pest network

The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network has a new user-friendly website.

The website, prairiepest.ca, has the features that were part of its long-running blog, such as risk maps, insect monitoring protocols, weekly updates, and insect of the week features.

“The new site expands the functionality of the previous PPMN blog,” said network co-chair Jennifer Otani, a pest management biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Beaverlodge. “The new site design allows users to quickly and easily navigate the site to find the information they need.”

The pest monitoring network was developed 24 years ago after insect researchers at western Canadian universities, provincial agriculture departments and Ag Canada identified the need for a more co-ordinated approach in monitoring insect populations and conducting entomological research.

It provides free weekly updates via email during the growing season. The updates alert subscribers to risks of major pests, offer tips on scouting methods and when in-field scouting should be conducted. Producers and agronomists across Western Canada have found this local, scientific information critical in making informed crop production decisions, the network said.

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