Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Integrated Pest Management
Since the class I am attending this week is about integrated pest management, I thought an explanation might be in order. Integrated pest management is about using the right crop protection product on the right pest at the right time. You don't use the product if you don't need it. Less dangerous products are becoming more popular too. This procedure should be followed whether in corn, soybeans, apples or grapes. There are still farmers who apply to prevent certain issues instead of scouting for them. Time constraints sometime dictate that. The crop scout, no matter what the crop, can help the farmer to use his time and his crop protection products appropriately. 6 sprayings are not unusual for apple grower. If he can cut back on one or 2 sprayings, the theory is that it is better for our health and the environment. It looks like I am going to work toward being a part of that.