The University of Maryland Vegetable Program utilizes integrated pest management (IPM) tactics in all of its vegetable production programs whether they are commercial, organic, or home and garden. Integrated Pest Management relies on a combination of practices that consist of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical controls, to prevent detrimental levels of pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals. IPM, through its multi-tactic approach will: lessen the potential for pesticide resistance, reduce chemical costs, limit human exposure to pesticides and lower the environmental impact of pest management.
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IPM Vegetable Program Survey Results
The University of Maryland Extension (UME) IPM Vegetable Program undertook a survey in January 2013 of the vegetable growers of Maryland. Surveys were mailed to a random representative number of growers throughout the state of Maryland to ascertain their perceptions and evaluation of the integrated pest management vegetable program. Growers filled out the 6 page 19 question survey and returned their responses anonymously to UME. These are the results of the survey.
View the complete report: IPM Vegetable Program Survey Results