New York Integrated Fruit Production Protocol for Apples
Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) is defined as the economically successful production of high quality fruit with the best possible protection of the agroecosystem, human and domestic animal health, wildlife and the environment. Crop protection methods are preferred that keep the use of agrochemicals to a minimum.
A primary goal of the IFP guidelines is the assurance of safe and healthy fruit for human consumption. This is accomplished by adherence to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) all along the food production chain; from the orchard, to the storage and packing plant to the grocery store. The NY-IFP guidelines incorporate GAP’s from the Cornell GAP’s program.
A second aim of IFP is conservation of the orchard environment, its habitats and wildlife. They must not be detrimentally altered nor polluted. As far as possible, a balanced and natural orchard environment with a diverse ecosystem of plants and animals must be created and conserved. Particular attention should be devoted to headlands, windbreaks, and water resources. Diversity of composition and structure should be the aim, using or encouraging native species where possible. NY-IFP orchards will benefit from the development and implementation of a professionally formulated conservation assessment and plan. The Agricultural Environmental Management program of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs can provide assistance in this effort.