Many Wisconsin farmers are turning to Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, to reduce their reliance on high-risk pesticides. IPM is a decision-making process that includes cultural controls like crop rotation and tillage, biological controls like beneficial insects and mating disruption, physical controls like pruning, and low-risk chemical controls.
Pest-Free Apples…Naturally!Orchardist Dale Secher speaks for many of Wisconsin’s fruit growers when he says that he cares about his customers as much as his bottom line. Most Wisconsin fruit growers sell their produce locally, either through grocery stores or direct sales to customers. They have a strong interest in safeguarding the health of their customers, who […] more
Pesticide options in field crops: helping farmers with FQPA (Research Brief #42)Recent federal legislation will reduce the number and amounts of pesticides available to farmers. But producers can start planning now for these changes by reducing their reliance on pesticides with the greatest potential for harm to human health and the environment. Congress unanimously passed the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) to improve food safety. […] more
Traps help monitor pine root weevil in Christmas trees (Research Brief #5)An easy-to-use trap may allow Wisconsin Christmas tree growers in the future to market healthy trees with less insecticide. Developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologists, the traps currently are enabling researchers to monitor the pine root weevil. The insect can inflict heavy damage on Christmas trees and requires a lot of insecticide to control. Monitoring […] more
Potato varieties show resistance to early blight (Research Brief #3)Growers, processors and consumers alike may reap the benefits from a recent study that has identified several potato varieties with improved resistance to early blight. Castile, a relatively high-yielding variety (cultivar) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture breeding program, shows particular promise for growing potatoes with less fungicide. more
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