UCCE eJournals help growers manage pests in agricultural and urban landscapes
What Has ANR Done?UC ANR educates the public about integrated pest management (IPM), an ecosystem-based strategy used to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. Strawberry and vegetable crops advisor, Surendra Dara, who currently serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and previously served Ventura County, reaches out to his clients in the region and beyond through two extension electronic journals. Strawberries and Vegetables, http://ucanr.edu/blogs/strawberries-vegetables/, covers crop production and protection of strawberries and vegetables, while Pest News, http://ucanr.edu/blogs/pestnews/, addresses endemic and invasive pests of urban environment. As an IPM expert, Dara contributes to the IPM solutions of various crops grown in California and serves as a resource person in different parts of the state for microbial control of various pests as well as biostimulants and beneficial microbes.
98% of readers surveyed found UCCE articles usefulIn a survey to measure the impact of Dara’s research and extension since 2015, 98% of respondents say they found the information useful and 92% say they will use or have used information from the eJournal articles. Respondents include those conducting IPM with producers; growers; UCCE Master Gardeners; biologists; farm advisors; soil consultants; students; home gardeners; builders; garden centers; and middle school, high school, and college educators, among others. Using the information provided, they identified various insect pests, used recommended methods of control, developed IPM processes for their organization, made public presentations, educated students, advised their colleagues and clientele, and more. In addition to clients in California, readership has extended to other parts of the US and world, including South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. By extending knowledge through these eJournals, UC ANR is not only helping growers and urban communities to address the pest-related challenges of supporting California’s agriculture abundance and environmental health, it is also contributing to global extension.
Supporting Unit: San Luis Obispo County
Santa Barbara CountySurendra K. Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org