Pest Management

An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Strawberry in Kentucky

An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Strawberry in Kentucky

Long before the term “sustainable” became a household word, farmers were implementing sustainable practices in the form of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. IPM uses a combination of biological, cultural, physical, and chemical methods to reduce and/or manage pest populations. These strategies are used to minimize environmental

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High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System: A novel strategy for organic crop production in the South

High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System: A novel strategy for organic crop production in the South

Introduction Insect pests are one of the major problems in organic production systems. Crop damage from insect pests can occur via direct feeding or egg-laying, contamination with feces, or disease transmission; loss in yield or marketability ofvegetables in the absence of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be

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Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Growers using greenhouses in which temperature, light and relative humidity are controlled have relied for many years on releases of natural enemies to manage a pest like aphids, thrips and two-spotted spider mites. However, many of the natural enemies used to manage these pests in heated structures

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Weed Management Strategies for Organic Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant in the Southern United States

Weed Management Strategies for Organic Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant in the Southern United States

Abstract In organic production, tomato, pepper, and eggplant are normally started indoors and transplanted to the field to give them a head start on the weeds. Crops kept free of weeds for the first 4–8 weeks (tomato) or 8–10 weeks (eggplant, pepper) after transplanting can usually outcompete

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In High Tunnels, Diseases Are What You Make Them

In High Tunnels, Diseases Are What You Make Them

Fig.1 Pith necrosis Fig. 2 Leaf mold Fig. 3 Gray mold Fig. 4a Late blight on leaf Fig. 4b. Late on fruit Fig. 6. Fusarium wilt Fig. 7 Weeds encourage insects Fig. 8. Tarnish plant bug Fig. 9 Tomato spotted wilt virus Fig. 10a Powdery mildew of

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Pest Control Options for Greenhouses, Hoop Houses and High Tunnels

Pest Control Options for Greenhouses, Hoop Houses and High Tunnels

Whether you grow fruit and vegetables in a traditional garden space or in a protected space such as a greenhouse, low tunnel, hoop house, and/or high tunnel, you will eventually have insect or mite problems. Structures not only protect the plants from the elements but also provide

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Managing & Controlling Whiteflies , Aphids & Thrips in High Tunnels

Managing & Controlling Whiteflies , Aphids & Thrips in High Tunnels

These slides are from a presentation at the Minnesota Statewide High Tunnel Conference on February 9, 2012 by Russell L. Groves, Department of Entomology

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Maintaining High Tunnel Rotations, Soil Fertility & Soil Health

Maintaining High Tunnel Rotations, Soil Fertility & Soil Health

Adapting annual crop production rotation practices for high tunnels in ways that enable growers to maintain soil fertility and health is not yet completely worked out. There are few well-established rotation recipes, and every grower needs to put in place a rotation plan that works for them,

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Observations on Insect Management in Purdue University’s High Tunnel Systems

Observations on Insect Management in Purdue University’s High Tunnel Systems

Rick Foster Department of Entomology Purdue University

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