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IPM - Where managing organic and non-organic crops begins today in Northern California Agriculture

Integrated Pest Management Practices - utilized daily by your local farmers, local Ag Unlimited consultants, Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) in cooperation with state and university guidelines and support:

Definition of IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

The definition of Integrated Pest Management, as practiced by Ag Unlimited consultants today, encompasses the use of a sustainable management strategy in organic and non-organic crops that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems with results that are environmentally and economically sound.

We do this through a combination of biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools or techniques, including monitoring for pest presence and establishing treatment threshold levels; and combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools to make the habitat less conducive to pest development.

When conditions require them, we use crop protection chemicals that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment. We recommend and use them only after careful monitoring indicates they are needed and in accordance with pre-established guidelines and treatment thresholds.

IPM Triangle

Understanding Pest Life Cycles helps Crop and Pest Control Advisers understand how to monitor them and implement different IPM practices as they become necessary, some examples:

Powdery Mildew Life Cycle on Grape - Erisiphe necator

Powdery Mildew Life Cycle on Squash - Erysiphe cichoracearum

Control of pest using Predators (Natural Enemies)

Managing Pests using Degree-Day Models

Codling Moth Life Cycle - Seasonal Development (Generations per year)

Managing Walnut Husk Fly

A Year-Round IPM Program for Strawberry


CA IPM Resources for North Coast Crops:

1. UC IPM Online

2. California School IPM

3. Western IPM Center

4. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

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