Reducing the Use of Organophosphate Insecticides for Grasshopper Control in Lentils

  • Lentils
  • Pest Management

Lead Investigator(s)

Mr. Mark Goodwin

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

Pulse Canada


To provide pre-season programming in the form of training dealers and growers in identifying early stages of damaging grasshoppers. To develop the initial set of equations of a spring hatching model to provide growers with a better predictive tool. To assess the efficacy of bran baits versus biocontrol as a control method for grasshoppers in near harvest lentils.


A booklet was printed in a 3,000 copy printing in 2007 as a durable field guide. It was presented to producers at extension events and was formatted for the web in a downloadable format. The biological gave control levels that were commercially acceptable, with percent control roughly equal to that seen with conventional, commonly used organophosphate insecticides. A beta version of the model was launched in the 2009 season. Updated twice weekly, growers could access it via links at the Saskatchewan Pulse Grower website.


SPG Contribution


Project Status


Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2007 - 2010


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Pesticide Risk Reduction Program, Pest Management Centre