Integrated pest management in Pinellas County Nurseries

John C. Alleyne, Maria M. Apgar

Abstract


In 2000, Pinellas County Extension embarked on using innovative methods to reintroduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to Pinellas County Nurseries. A web page showcasing IPM basic definitions, methods and techniques was developed and an informal outreach-teaching program implemented in 2002. In 2003, IPM pilot programs were established in collaborating nurseries. Growers had the assistance of a cooperating entomologist, visiting nurseries on a weekly basis; scouting for pests and proposing treatments following IPM principles. A database was developed to store information and monitor progress of each grower. Data regarding pest population levels and outcome of treatments were stored. In 2004, Pinellas County nursery growers are successfully implementing IPM programs, controlling pests, reducing pesticide output and impacting environmental sustainability.

Keywords


outreach programs; pinellas county extension

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283