Biopesticides offer growers both opportunities – and challenges.
Biopesticide solutions often require the grower to learn new application techniques and new ways of thinking about pest management. As noted, biopesticides are often highly specific and have very precise modes of action. This specificity can mean that workers can enter fields quickly after use, thus cutting wait times and offering more flexibility to the user – and saved labor time is saved money. Specificity also means, however, that growers may need to purchase several different kinds of product to meet their pest management needs; this is a potential cost concern for growers. Biopesticides also require new skills and understanding of pests, their life cycles and how to use biopesticides to intercede effectively. This is both a challenge but also an opportunity for expanding a new category of skilled labor in the farm sector.