Research Project

Beneficial insects in Prairie crops: quantifying the value and vulnerability of biological pest control

Dr Haley Catton, AAFC Lethbridge 

Start Date: March 1, 2019
End Date: March 31, 2022

Alberta Barley’s Contribution: $10,000

Crop fields support hundreds of insect species, the vast majority of which are not pests. "Beneficials" eat pest insects and weed seeds, pollinate crops, and cycle nutrients. However, most insecticide use targeted at pests’ harms beneficials and the services they provide. This project will focus on the economic and ecological value of biological pest control by beneficials in Prairie crops. Results will help farmers make optimal insecticide use decisions for integrated pest management.