Balancing Pest Management Naturally. The main goal of AWPM for Wheat is to collaborate with wheat producers in evaluating and demonstrating non-chemical pest management techniques, with particular emphasis on the management of the Russian wheat aphid and the greenbug.
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Natural enemies play an important role in regulating populations in wheat in the Great Plains. Field scouting is one part of our program; it includes a presence-absence technique that allows for a quick, yet accurate control decision based on greenbugs and parasitic wasps. Learning about both insect pests and predators helps determine the need for insecticide use or eliminates the need altogether.