Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook: General Concepts of Integrated Pest Management
Effective fruit crop production depends on the grower developing a system of crop management that is appropriate for each farm. Decisions need to be made for how to manage all of the normal cultural practices such as planting, fertility, harvesting, and pruning as well as managing the insect, disease, and weed problems that occur either regularly or sporadically. The information in this handbook will address management issues related to both common, expected pest problems as well as the occasional appearance of minor pest problems.
Effective management of a pest problem depends on:
- Correct diagnosis of the problem and correct identifi cation of the pest causing it.
- Use of techniques to prevent or delay infestations or infections as well as techniques to control them.
- Early detection of pests by frequent inspection of plants.
- Tolerance of pests at population densities that do not cause economic damage.