Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Pesticides just one tool in the modern farmer’s pest management toolbox
Whether a farmer is growing in an organic or conventional system, his or her crop needs to be protected from damage from plant pests (insects, fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, weeds…). To fail to minimize pest damage leads to inefficient use of scarce resources like prime farm land, water, or inputs. The quality and safety of the final products can also be compromised.
The approaches used to implement IPM programs generally fall into six categories: