MONITORING INSECT ECOLOGY (From the Dietrick Institute)EXCERPT: Monitoring insect ecology for decision making is a great way to save money and reduce pesticide use. Most pests do not have established economic thresholds for conventional and organic farmers. Therefore, growers must make “gut” level decisions on if the pesticide application indeed saves enough crop to pay for the application plus a little extra. The beneficial to pest ratio can tell a grower if he/she can easily skip a pesticide application without concern or if a pesticide application is ABSOLUTELY necessary. Of course, there are a lot of gray areas in–between.