UC IPM Makes It Happen
New guidelines for strawberry growers
Strawberry growers can find the latest information in a recent update
of the strawberry pest management guidelines.
The guidelines highlight alternatives to soil fumigation with methyl
bromide, an ozone-depleting chemical that is released into the environment.
University and government agency researchers suggest using drip fumigation
with combinations of chemicals that are less disruptive to the ozone
layer to control soilborne pests and weeds. With drip fumigation,
workers are not required to be in the field during application.
The revised strawberry
pest management guidelines include information
managing diseases, insects, mites, nematodes, and weeds with new
monitoring guidelines and more environmentally friendly treatment
many major pests.
IPM programs and Pest Management Guidelines
A step-by-step "how to" for
managing crops year round is available on the UC IPM Web site.
The year-round plans give users better
access to information in the UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines
database to carry out a comprehensive IPM program that protects
The plans give growers a checklist of management activities
for each crop, depending on the time of year, and include monitoring
and forms; pest and natural enemy photo identification pages;
weed seedling identification pages; and considerations for
the impact on air
and water quality. More in-depth information on managing pesticide
resistance has been added to the Pest Management Guidelines.
Currently, plans are available for almonds, cotton, and prunes.
Year-round plans for alfalfa, avocados, wine and raisin grapes,
peaches, plums, walnuts, strawberries, tomatoes, and pears
are scheduled for
release in 2006.
Find the year-round plans and the Pest Management Guidelines
for specific crops under the agriculture and floriculture
our Web site.
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