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Contact Information

The points of contact between Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service and the grower & business communities are the NJ County Agricultural Agents. The agents are a tremendous source of information for both new and experienced growers. Visit your local county extension office. The county agents with more extensive knowledge in fruit growing are listed below.

Gary Pavlis
Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
6260 Old Harding Highway Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1533
Phone: 609-625-0056 Fax: 609-625-3646

Peter Nitzsche
Cooperative Extension of Morris County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
P. O. Box 900 Morristown, NJ 07963-0900
Phone: 973-285-8300 ext. 226 Fax: 973-605-8195

Win Cowgill
Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
6 Gauntt Pl. P. O. Box 2900 Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Phone: 908-788-1339 Fax: 908-806-4735

William Sciarappa
Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
4000 Kozloski Rd. Freehold, NJ 07728-5033
Phone: 732-431-7278 Fax: 732-409-4813

Rutgers NJAES Fruit Integrated Pest Management Program

The Fruit Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is an educational delivery program for commercial fruit growers in New Jersey. IPM brings together all management techniques to manage pest populations below economically damaging levels. IPM includes many aspects of crop management, and may also be called integrated crop management or ICM.

Objectives of the Fruit IPM Program
  1. Help fruit growers produce top quality crops, limiting or reducing production costs. 
  2. Educate growers, field scouts, industry workers, and others interested in fruit IPM practices. 
  3. Bring together all pest and crop management practices into a set of commercially used methods. These include the use of: pesticides, economic threshold levels, pest phenology models, resistant varieties, optimum horticultural practices, weather monitoring, pest scouting, and fertility monitoring and recommendations. 
  4. Conduct research/demonstration programs that further the adoption of IPM methods.