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Chapter 4. Integrated Pest Management1

Peter J. Dittmar, Nicholas S. Dufault, Joseph W. Noling, Philip Stansly, Nathan Boyd, Mathews L. Paret, and Susan E. Webb2

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This publication is included in the Vegetable Production Handbook fof Florida, 2015-2016 edition.


Peter J. Dittmar

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This is Chapter 4 of the Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida, 2016-2017 edition. The most current version of this chapter may be found at


This twelve-page chapter covers:

  • Disease Management

  • Insect Management

  • Management Strategies and Tactics

  • Weed Management

  • Fumigation

  • High Barrier / Gas Impermeable 2Plastic Mulch Films (VIF,TIF)

  • Reduced Rate Application Technologies


Table 1. Physical and chemical properties of various soil fumigants.

Table 2. Generalized Summary of maximum use rate and relative effectiveness of various soil fumigant alternatives to methyl bromide for nematode, soilborne disease, and weed control in Florida.

Table 3. Recommended fumigant and herbicide treatment regimens for Florida1 tomato, pepper, eggplant, and strawberry crops. All rates are expressed per treated acre. To achieve maximum weed control an application of Metam Sodium (Vapam) at 75 gal/A or Metam Potassium (KPam) at 60 gal/A should be included to all recommended products using a mini coulter applicator or through a drip application using double drip tapes.

Table 4. Summary of recommended fumigant injection equipment modifications required for use of high barrier TIF and VIF mulches and reduced rate applications of soil fumigants.



This document is CV298, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Published June 2015. Revised June 2016. This is Chapter 4 of the Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida, 2016-2017 edition. Visit the EDIS website at


Peter J. Dittmar, Assistant Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Nicholas S. Dufault, Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology Department; Joseph W. Noling, Professor, Citrus Research and Education Center; Philip Stansley, Professor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center; Nathan S. Boyd, Associate Professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center; Mathews Paret, Assistant Professor, North Florida Research and Education Center; Susan E. Webb, Associate Professor, Entomology and Nematology Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.