Improved IPM Production Strategies for Integration into Prototype Pre-inspection Programs in NTAE Crops.
C. Mayen , S. Weller, Glenn Sullivan, C.R. Edwards (Purdue University); G. Sanchez (ICADA)
Weed management is a labor intensive practice in all vegetable production systems in Guatemala. When research began there was limited trained expertise available in Guatemala regarding ecologically and environmentally based weed management practices for NTAE crops. This project focused on developing strong IPM research capabilities of Guatemalan cooperators in vegetable crop production and effective management of insects, diseases, and weeds to achieve improved growth, yield and quality characteristics in all NTAE crops.
To develop strong IPM research capabilities of Guatemalan cooperators in vegetable crop production.
Research provided insight into the effects of cropping systems and intensity of weed management on weed seed levels in the soil seedbank. Results show how appropriate weed management practices can, in the long-term, result in reduced weed problems in production fields by reducing the return potential of weeds by decreasing the soil store of seeds. The Master of Science degree obtained in this research will be useful in future training of Guatemalan pest management advisers in appropriate weed management techniques.