Plant protection involves the timely identification and control of insect pests, weeds and diseases based on economic significance of infestations. Agro Engineering provides integrated pest and disease management services, including field monitoring, establishment of action thresholds and development of control measures. We have developed plant protection programs for potatoes (commercial and seed), small grains, alfalfa, and lettuce.
Agro Engineering also executes the San Luis Valley Green Peach Aphid Suppression Program, through which overwintering hosts of this aphid are sprayed and summer aphid levels are monitored across the Valley. This program saves input costs for Valley potato producers by reducing chemical pest control amounts.
The IPM and disease management programs offered contain all or some of the following options: