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Integrated Pest Management

A pest management strategy using a systematic approach in which pest populations are monitored to determine if and when control methods are required. Integrated pest management (IPM) uses biological, chemical, physical, cultural and/or genetic control methods in order to minimize pesticide use, reduce production costs, and protect the environment. [NALT]

Integrated pest management is the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human and animal health and/or the environment. [AGROVOC]



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Chapter 4. Integrated Pest Management

CV298/CV298by Peter J. Dittmar, Nicholas S. Dufault, Johan Desaeger, Jawwad Qureshi, Nathan S. Boyd, and Mathews L. ParetAugust 22, 2023Chapter 4 of the Vegetable Production Handbook.

Integrated Management of Bacterial Spot on Tomato in Florida

PP353/PP353 by Amanda Strayer-Scherer, Ying-Yu Liao, Peter Abrahamian, Sujan Timilsina, Mathews Paret, Tim Momol, Jeff Jones, and Gary ValladNovember 6, 2019Bacterial spot is one of the most detrimental diseases of tomato and is especially severe in the southeast United States when weather conditions (high temperature, high humidity, and rain) become conducive for disease development. This publication presents updated information about the causal pathogen and management of bacterial spot on tomato in Florida.

Integrated Management of Southern Blight in Vegetable Production

PP272/PP272 by Chenzhao Xie and Gary ValladJune 27, 2016This document is PP272, one of a series of the Plant Pathology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date March 2010.

Integrated pest management goes hand-in-hand with safety

PI297/PI297by Emily C. KrausMarch 12, 2024This publication is geared toward pest management specialists, certified pesticide applicators, and homeowners who are managing indoor and outdoor pests. It provides a broad definition of a pest and describes integrated pest management (IPM) and pest management strategies. As opposed to other EDIS which are specific to management areas (ex: landscape, turf, vegetable) this publication can be used as a basis for all sectors of pest management. The publication also emphasizes using IPM to reduce the development of pesticide resistance and emphasizes how each aspect of IPM contributes to personal and environmental safety.

Integrated Pest Management in Protected Structures I: Basic Principles and Scouting

IN994/ENY868 by Hugh A. Smith, Gary E. Vallad, and Bielinski M. SantosSeptember 20, 2019

Intercropping, Crop Diversity and Pest Management

IN922/ENY862 by Hugh A. Smith and Oscar E. LiburdJune 27, 2018

Know Your Pests When Trapping Soybean Looper in the Florida Panhandle

IN1359/ENY-2078by Ethan Carter, Tyler Shaw, Libbie Johnson, and Silvana V. Paula-MoraesMay 17, 2022Pheromone trapping is a common scouting method used in collaboration with integrated pest management. A major crop pest of many plant species, including Panhandle crops like peanut and cotton, is the soybean looper.  A soybean looper pheromone-trapping study performed in Panhandle commercial peanut and cotton fields also attracted other species with similar appearances, sometimes in high numbers. Misidentification would result in overestimation of soybean looper populations and likely unnecessary insecticide applications. The sharp stigma looper, due to its high seasonal abundance and flight pattern similar to that of the soybean looper, was most concerning. This insect is not a pest and can be discerned from the soybean looper easily through its wing markings, if someone knows what to look for, but if these harmless moths were unwittingly thought of as soybean loopers, it could greatly skew population numbers and prompt improper applications of pesticides.

Landscape Integrated Pest Management

IN109/ENY-298 by Eileen Buss and Adam G. DaleNovember 23, 2020

Management of the Blueberry Gall Midge on Southern Highbush Blueberries in Florida

IN1414/ENY2105by Marice Lopez, Patricio Munoz, and Oscar LiburdMarch 21, 2024The blueberry gall midge (BGM) is one of the most important pests of southern highbush blueberries in Florida. Monitoring for BGM using clear sticky traps or bucket traps should begin as early as November. Chemical control should be applied right before bud break and then ten days after bud break, or when at least two BGM are found on traps. Other management practices include the use of younger mulch, using potentially resistant cultivars, and chemical control such as Movento with Induce and Apta in rotation to avoid resistance development. Applications should also be timed with larval and adult emergence for optimal insecticide efficacy. 

Mole Cricket IPM Guide for Florida

IN1021/IPM-206 by C. R. Kerr, N. C. Leppla, E. A. Buss, and J. H. FrankSeptember 21, 2021This guide will help you identify mole cricket infestations and manage them effectively and economically while minimizing environmental impacts.

Pesticide Mode of Action Classification: Understanding Resistance Action Committees (RACs)

PI299/PI299by Emily C. Kraus and Brett BultemeierMay 9, 2024This publication defines the concept of a pesticide mode of action and provides several examples. It emphasizes the importance of identifying and differentiating modes of action for pesticide resistance management. To this end, it defines the development and goals of the three Resistance Action Committees for insecticides (IRAC), herbicides (HRAC), and fungicides (FRAC) and describes each group’s pesticide mode of action classification scheme. Finally, it provides an example of a pesticide label and instructs applicators on how to rotate pesticides to manage resistance. This publication presents the subject matter in a concise manner and directs pesticide applicators to the very useful RAC Mode of Action group numbers for rotation purposes. 

Pesticide Safety Miniposter IPM: Beyond Spraying

IN928/ENY-2016 by R. W. Baldwin, S. K. Hill, Philip Koehler, J. C. Medley, and P. A. MitolaSeptember 25, 2018

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