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
- Help fruit growers produce top quality crops, limiting or reducing production costs.
- Educate growers, field scouts, industry workers, and others interested in fruit IPM practices.
- 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.
- Conduct research/demonstration programs that further the adoption of IPM methods.