Knows which pests are likely to occur and when.That includes domestic pests and diseases that spend their entire life cycle on the farm and foreign pests that overwinter elsewhere. A pest boss also keeps track of heat units from multiple sources of data (land-grant universities, weather stations, seed companies and/or retailers) to stay ahead of domestic insects as well as weather conditions to predict disease outbreaks. Sticky traps, attractant lures and black-light traps can alert a pest boss to insects moving into the area.
Scouts fields and calls the shots on treatments.A pest boss carries a hand lens for a close look at tiny pests and a scouting manual or access to the internet to identify pests. Basically, a pest boss is authorized to treat fields. That way he can treat before damage becomes serious (and before the neighbors do). After treating, the pest boss ensures re-entry deadlines are observed and evaluates the effectiveness of each treatment.
Takes the lead on software and technology and maintains good records of every field.