IPM Elements

IPM Elements are a rubric used to define and measure IPM adoption and practices.  The Elements were created by the IPM Institute of North America in consultation with iPiPE Crop-Pest Program Coordinators. They are based on the prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression framework described in the Pest Management Practices section (pp. 34-35) of the "Assessment of Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Upper Mississippi River Basin"  by the USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP).  

            The iPiPE IPM Elements were created by the IPM Institute using the following methodology:

 Agricultural Practices
  1. Reviewing and compiling practices included in existing Extension resources and any resources identified by the iPiPE Crop-Pest Program Coordinators for the crops and target pests.

  2. Placing each practice in the appropriate category in the NRCS CEAP framework. 

  3. Assigning point values to each element. Points are assigned to each practice based on existing resources where available.

The interactive form of IPM Elements provides producers and their consultants with a very efficient resource for determining which practices are recommended by the Crop-Pest Program Coordinators and their Extension colleagues. IPM Elements can be used as a self-assessment tool to measure how many of the available practices are in use on a specific farm.