Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the use of many integrated tactics to manage pests (any living organism threatening a crop) to an economically acceptable level. IPM is achieved through identifying and monitoring pest problems, treating and then evaluating management techniques. URI Cooperative Extension staff work closely with the Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association, co-hosting annual meetings and promoting the RI Farm Scavenger Hunt. Click here for information about RIFGA meetings.
The University of Maine’s Apple IPM Program offers an Ag-Radar that translates weather data into guidance to help apple growers identify the need and timing for management activities such as pest monitoring, pesticide application, thinning and harvest.
The Vegetable and Fruit Production program addresses the needs of all commercial growers in Rhode Island and surrounding communities. Whether your operation is one quarter acre or 400 acres, URI can provide the most current information in sustainable and profitable crop production practices.