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Starting a Farm: Crop Protection

Farmers fight a constant battle to control bugs before they hurt the crops. CropLife Ambassador Network and Ray Sullivan own the page.

Click on the picture to go to Corn and Soybean Bugs Powerpoint presentation
Corn and Soybean Bugs

Directions

Insects can destroy crops and leave farmers nothing in their fields. So farmers use insecticides to kill those unwanted bugs. However, farmers have to make sure those chemicals don’t end up in our water. We also need to remember to wash our food before we eat it. Go through the following power point presentation to meet some of the bugs that probably live in your community.

Study Question(s)

  • What are three insects from the presentation that you think do the most damage to crops where you live? Why?
  • What one bug really caught your attention and made you look at it very closely? What were some of its characteristics that help it destroy the crop?

Farmers also fight a constant battle against weeds. So they often use herbicides to control the weeds before they harm the crops.

Go to Weed Garden and Turf Weeds. These pages are owned by Kansas State University and Michigan State University.

Directions

Weeds can also destroy crops and leave farmers nothing in their fields. So farmers use herbicides to kill those unwanted weeds. However, farmers have to make sure those chemicals don’t end up in our water. We also need to remember to wash our food before we eat it. Go to all three of the above pages to learn more about both broadleaf and grassy weeds that can be a problem for farmers. If you hold the cursor on the picture, the name will appear (they are alphabetical). Click on any of the pictures to learn more information and see more pictures.

Study Question(s)

  • What is the difference between broadleaf and grass weeds? Hint: look at the shape of the leaf
  • Do you think everyone would call these weeds? Who might want these plants to grow?
  • In your own words, describe giant ragweed.
  • In your own words, describe large crabgrass.
  • In your own words, describe a redroot pigweed.

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