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Kentucky IPM - Fruits and Vegetables

A demonstration program sponsored by the Kentucky IPM Program in western Kentucky showed tomato growers how to use scouting, weather forecasting and a computer program, TOMCAST, to reduce pesticide usage.
Yields were compared between test plots managed using IPM techniques vs. conventional plots. Growers found that using the TOMCAST program combined with scouting for insects reduced the number of fungicides required by one and the number of insecticides by four for a significant cost savings and no significant difference in yield.

Vegetables as Alternative Crops The Kentucky IPM Program has attracted the attention of producers interested in diversifying their crops.
More than 60 people attended an on-farm demonstration of vegetable IPM techniques; another 50 people visited the farm on their own.


Kentucky IPM

Original document: 13 April 1998
Last updated: 24 April 2001

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