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Vegetable IPM Advisory Group: Focus Areas. Joseph Ingerson-Mahar Vegetable IPM Coordinator. Projects. PAST Sweet Corn Peppers Tomatoes CURRENT Tomato PEG grant. Mission Statement.

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vegetable ipm advisory group focus areas

Vegetable IPM Advisory Group: Focus Areas

Joseph Ingerson-Mahar

Vegetable IPM Coordinator

  • PAST
  • Sweet Corn
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato PEG grant
mission statement
Mission Statement
  • The Vegetable IPM Program is dedicated to developing and improving integrated pest management techniques and practices that will enhance vegetable production in the state of New Jersey.
statement continued
Statement continued
  • Program objectives are accomplished through the development and delivery of pest monitoring and field scouting programs, grant-funded and sponsored research, and educational outreach.
what is the focus for the vegetable ipm program
What is the focus for the Vegetable IPM Program?
  • Need to be relevant
  • Major focus area?
  • Many smaller projects possible
  • Need for an advisory committee
advisory committee makeup
Advisory Committee Makeup
  • farmers
  • consultants
  • agribusiness people
  • opinions on research, training and education, transfer of information to private sector
suggested priorities research
Suggested Priorities - Research
  • Focus on high value crops (pumpkins)
  • Anticipate future regulations (nutrient management)
  • Identify crops with pesticide overuse (butternut squash)
  • Cooperate with other institutions
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Priorities continued
  • Focus on strengths of our institution: fresh market vs processing
  • Develop growers’ season-end questionnaire on pest concerns and costs
  • Collaborate with NJDA on biological control projects
suggested priorities training education
Suggested Priorities - Training/education
  • Need consumer education about IPM
  • Scout and farmer IPM training
  • Twilight meetings
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Priorities continued
  • Regional training
  • Training materials
  • Communication
suggested priorities program transfer
Suggested Priorities - Program transfer
  • Public versus private scouting programs
  • Lack of private services in some areas
  • Private/Public Competition
how we are responding to these suggestions
How we are responding to these suggestions?
  • Preparing a proposal for educating general public in IPM - IPM poster
  • More projects involving biocontrol
  • Development of a weather network providing more useful temperature data for predictive models and degree day accumulations