IPM lecture

Dressed and Regular Wheat Seeds

Dressed and Regular Wheat Seeds

Today in one of the lectures we talked about IPM, integrated pest management. IPM is the prevention of pest or their damage by biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and using resistant varieties. We discussed some of these practices today and compared them to what we do in the US. We looked at an example of  wheat seeds that had been dressed with a pesticide, insecticide, or fertilizers and some that hadn’t been dressed.The dressed seeds will have a better chance of germination since they are more protected than the regular seeds.

Pelleted and Regular Sugar Beet Seeds

Pelleted and Regular Sugar Beet Seeds

We also looked at an example of sugar beet seeds that had been pelleted and ones that hadn’t been pelleted. Pelleted means they have a coating around the seed to make it larger and round. The coating can also have a pesticide, insecticide, or fertilizer in it. The pelleted seed will be easier to plant more precisely with a grain drill because it is round.  The seed will also have a higher germination rate.

Broadcaster Multipurpose drill Manure Spreader

Single seed drill
Manure Spreader

In the same lecture we talked about equipment for fertilizer application and equipment for planting grain. For fertilizer application we talked about the broadcasting and foliar sprayer. For planting of grain we talked about the multipurpose grain drill, no till planter, and single seed drill. The teacher brought in toy replicas of the equipment talked about in class to show how they look.

The planting of grain was mostly talked about in this lecture because wheat, rye, triticale, and barley are the main crops grown in Poland.

Foliar Sprayer Multipurpose Drill

Foliar Sprayer
Multipurpose Drill

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