A University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources video on YouTube on alfalfa integrated pest management was judged a finalist in competition at the 2015 national Entomological Society of America annual meeting held in Minneapolis, Minn. in November.
The alfalfa IPM YouTube video is titled the “Identification of parasitized alfalfa caterpillars and armyworms,” which shows how to monitor alfalfa insect pests and natural enemies to help make informed management decisions on pest control in alfalfa production.
The video is hosted by Rachael Freeman Long, University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Yolo County.
The 2 minute, 37 second alfalfa IPM video was produced this summer.
In the video, step-by-step instructions are shared on how to identify parasitized caterpillars under field conditions, and how to use this information to manage caterpillar pests to help reduce pesticide use and production costs in alfalfa.
The link to the video is https://youtu.be/8_9zpYyY7Ig, and is also available through the UC IPM guidelines for alfalfa hay production at: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/selectnewpest.alfalfa-hay.html.
The video producers include Peter Goodell, Cooperative Extension advisor with the UC IPM Statewide Program, the UC IPM communications team, UCCE’s Rachael Long, and videographer-editor Ray Lucas of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Communication Services.