Our IPM consulting services use field scouting and record keeping to develop a dependable IPM program.
Integrated Pest Management is the use of a sustainable management strategy in crops that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems, with results that are environmentally and economically sound. This is done through a combination of biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools or techniques. When conditions require we recommend crop protection chemicals. We choose ones that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property and the environment.
We evaluate natural enemies. We practice conservation and augmentation releases, where it fits the growers program. We use pheromones for monitoring and for mating disruption where appropriate. We also use Bio-pesticides and microbial pesticides or organisms where it makes sense to do so.
We use data loggers for collecting temperatures, soil moisture data, irrigations events and other environmental data. We use this data to help growers fine tune sprays for insect and disease management. We use this kind of information to drive insect and disease predictive models, to better assist growers in making good integrated pest management decisions.
We take the time to educate the grower on the information we collect, and how to use the information in his operation and how we use it to make decisions. We look at the grower’s economic situation and develop economic thresholds based on market conditions.
Nutrition and irrigation schedules can have a large influence over pest and disease in crops, so we take an active role in prescribing needed inputs into these areas. We assist in scheduling timing and duration of irrigation water application, tailored for the grower’s crop and specific soils.