Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Wild Blueberry
Importance of IPM
Integrated pest management aims to prevent outbreaks rather than treat infestation through a combination of cultural, mechanical and chemical techniques. IPM tactics should embody all available management options to reduce or maintain pest populations at a tolerable level without complete eradication of the pest.
The combination of techniques is key.
The continual use of a single chemical can lead to resistance in pest populations creating a more difficult situation to manage. Check out the NRCS Program: Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management
The IPM Approach:
- Scout and Monitor for early detection.
- Properly identify the plant stage prior to taking action.
- Properly identify the pest prior to taking action.
- A pesticide application should target a susceptible life stage.
- Develop a response method – specific to the pest and population level.
- Record response methods for future reference.
- Use predictive models when possible.
- Use the economic threshold in deciding when chemical management is necessary.
- Use chemical management only when there are no other means of control (mechanical or cultural).
Weather and Crop Modeling Tools
Past, Present, and Future Weather:
Fruit and Vegetable Crops
An organism should NOT be classified or treated as a pest until it really is one.
— Wild Blueberry Pesticide Applicators Guide
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