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Pest Patrol Program: Text Alerts from Pest Experts

July 22, 2016

The Pest Patrol Program is a partnership between university entomologists and Syngenta that has provided growers and agricultural professionals information about field conditions, pest threats and treatment recommendations since 2009. Used in conjunction with careful crop scouting, the program helps growers develop personalized pest management programs for their fields.

Growers can count on the Pest Patrol program to bring them increasingly convenient tools to help manage their farms.  This year, 11 entomologists from Texas to Virginia are contributing localized updates about pest management options. These audio updates are available at www.SyngentaPestPatrol.com.

When the program began, updates were available via a toll-free number that allowed callers to select the entomologist relevant to their region and listen to an audio recording of the update. Over time, the program has evolved to include text message alerts linking to online audio updates as soon as they were available, allowing the time-sensitive information to be accessed immediately.

Due to the popularity and convenience of the text alert system and online updates, the toll-free number will be discontinued moving forward. Those who do not currently receive text message alerts, but would like to begin receiving them, should follow the steps outlined below. Current text message subscribers will not be affected.

To receive text message alerts each time your chosen expert records an update:

  1. Register online at www.SyngentaPestPatrol.com or via text message by texting the corresponding short-code word listed in the accompanying chart to 97063.
  2. Reply to the confirmation text you receive by texting the letter “y” to complete your registration.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each entomologist from whom you wish to receive updates.

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