Best Management Practices for Pesticide Applicators
Best Management Practices for Wine Grape Growers
Wine grapes demand protection from pests and diseases. As a result, growers use pesticides and other pest management strategies. Growers must use pesticides sparingly and properly. Maintaining a strategy of integrated pest management (IPM) protects the health of the crop, the grower, the environment, and the public. It also assures that viable pest management strategies are available for future use.
Growers should use this document and its sub-headings as a checklist of possible Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices that they could implement. Growers should count only the activities they perform in their wine grape pest management practices and aim to be compliant with at least 80% of the activities listed. This is not a requirement, but only a suggested level of compliance.
This document is intended to help wine grape growers identify areas in their operations that possess strong IPM qualities and also point out areas for improvement. Growers should attempt to incorporate the majority of these specific techniques into their usual production and maintenance practices, especially in areas where they fall short of the 80% goal.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
- Holly Gatton, IPM Project Manager, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, Blacksburg, VA
- Anton Baudoin, Extension Plant Pathologist, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
- Jeff Derr, Extension Weed Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC, Hampton Roads, VA
- Mizuho Nita, Extension Grape Pathologist, Alson Smith AREC, Winchester, VA
- Doug Pfeiffer, Extension Entomologist, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
- Mike Weaver, Extension Project Leader, Entomology, Director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, Blacksburg, VA
- Tony Wolf, Director/Viticulture Extension Specialist, Alson Smith AREC, Winchester, VA
- Hannah Burrack, Extension Entomologist, NCSU, Raleigh, NC
- Sara Spayd, Viticulture Extension Specialist, NCSU, Raleigh, NC
- Turner Sutton, Viticulture Extension Pathologist,NCSU, Raleigh, NC
- Steve Toth, IPM Coordinator/Extension Entomologist, NCSU, Raleigh, NC