Fruit Bites May 5-7 IPM Tips
AW: IPM, integrated pest management, uses all of the tools available to help solve pest problems while focusing on minimizing the impact to the surrounding environment.
BL: (something about that is a mouthful of fancy mumbo jumbo)
AW: Some examples include scouting for pests, encouraging natural enemies, focusing on long-term prevention, planting disease resistant varieties.
BL: So this IPM includes more than just pesticides, but every tool & tactic?
AW: Yes, by incorporating biological control, cultural controls like removing wooden bins, irrigating at certain times, using forecasting to determine stages of pests, and just knowing your orchard history and how you can improve. All of that is IPM.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.