Bug Scout 1981
Consider a Crop Scout
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
It's called team scouting - he looks at the tassels, I look at the ears!
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January 17, 1981

Should you hire a professional pest management specialist to scout your crops?  Most recent information suggests that money spent for scouting is a good investment.  Generally the cost of scouting is about one third the cost of a soil insecticide.  So if a scout could reduce insecticide usage by one third, the service pays for itself.

Most scouting programs are part of a total crop consulting business.  Crop consultants help with weed problems, soil fertility, and soil compaction in addition to insect control.  Not only will consultants help target pesticides they will also detect economic insect populations that might have gone untreated.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.  With commercial scouting programs, more than 95% of the cooperators return to the program each year.  They must think scouting is beneficial!

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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