Indiana CCA Conference 2018 Presentation



Pest Management
Tue, Dec 18, 2018
9:00am to 9:50am


Pest Management
Tue, Dec 18, 2018
2:00pm to 2:50pm


According to many no-till growers, slugs are among the most challenging pests they face, and numerous growers have reported that slug problems appear to be getting worse in recent years.  We will discuss some of the challenges associated with managing these mollusks in no-till crop fields.  We will also address some of promising slug-control strategies suggested by our research, including beneficial roles that cover crops may play for slug management.  We will also consider the potential that neonicotinoid seed treatments, a ubiquitous, preventative insect pest management tactic, may have the potential to exacerbate slug problems in corn and soybeans.  Given the spotty nature of slug outbreaks and the limited availability of chemical management options, biologically inspired management tactics deployed within the framework of Integrated Pest Management is our best hope for overcoming slugs.


John Tooker

Associate Professor of Entomology
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. John Tooker is an associate professor of insect ecology and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University. His research group studies relationships among plants, invertebrate herbivores, and natural enemies to understand factors that regulate populations of herbivorous insects and slugs. The long-term goal of his research is to exploit ecological interactions for sustainable insect pest management.