IPM Success Stories: Agriculture

May 15, 2013 Small Steps to Help Honeybees

Scientists are trying to stop the small hive beetle (SHB, Aethina tumida) that carries pathogens into honeybee colonies.



May 2, 2013 Setting the Gold Standard for Tomatoes

In 2009, late blight decimated tomato crops in the Northeast. Scientists stepped up the creation of blight-resistant tomato varieties with new urgency.



April 29, 2013 Collaborators in Region Join Chorus against Spotted Wing Drosophila

Researchers and educators are confronting an invasive species that has changed the tune for Northeastern fruit growers: the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).



October 16, 2012 Serving up a bitter end for eggplant pests

When researchers plant eggplant into crimson clover, they dish up trouble over and over for two unwanted beetles.



October 16, 2012 Scientists draw maps to stop stink bug pirates

An integrated pest management program running since the 1980s has led to fresh insights about a new invader. Scientists are deploying maps to aid the fight.



December 15, 2011 “Oscars of Food” Honors Visionary IPM Advocate at World’s Largest Food Distributor

When Sysco began developing environmental guidelines 6 years ago, they turned to IPM specialists for advice. Now thousands of Sysco growers are using IPM, and Sysco reports a cumulative reduction of 3 million pounds of pesticide.



August 17, 2011 Decoded Secret Betrays Berry Weevil

In New Jersey, a major center of blueberry and cranberry production, entomologists are using pheromones to lure weevils so growers can time their sprays for greatest effectiveness.



February 26, 2010 Growers PIPE Up for High-Tech Tools

Penn State adapts early warning system for key pests, new crops. Pest forecasting models are a powerful tool, but high-tech early-warning systems require significant investment and expertise. To save costs, PA IPM researchers have adapted an existing online system.



February 26, 2010 Thriving on IPM

Fresh ideas and strong relationships keep farm vibrant. Family farmer Don Dzen is convinced that expanding his use of IPM was a smart decision: “Each year there’s been something that paid for itself, something we were missing before.”



February 26, 2010 Tomato Seed Treatment Prevents Bacterial Canker

Five years ago, bacterial canker was a growing threat to New Jersey's $28 million fresh market tomato industry. IPM researchers have introduced growers to a seed heat treatment that eliminates seed as the primary inoculum source.



October 1, 2009 Advancing on Apple Pests

Researchers, educators, consultants, and growers are working to synthesize current knowledge and create an advanced IPM system that could enhance profits and sustainability.



October 1, 2009 Rice Is Nice

... especially when locally grown. Rice production is alluring both to locavores and to growers seeking ways to get production from marginal lands.



July 15, 2009 New Tomato Hybrids on the Way

Seed companies put IPM researchers’ findings to use: Growers now have access to new tomato varieties that resist some of the most threatening tomato diseases and can be grown in ways that are gentler to the environment.



July 15, 2009 IPM Saves Maine Potato Growers $17 Million

Maine’s Potato IPM Program made great strides in 2008, saving growers $17 million while minimizing pesticide usage. This is big news in a state where potatoes are the top agricultural commodity, valued at more than $500 million.



February 1, 2009 Sales Tip Scales for Eco Apple Growers

Growers, scientists, and marketers have successfully boosted the market for IPM-grown apples through their collaborations in the Northeast.



October 1, 2008 NRCS Incentives Could Boost IPM Adoption

Nearly 400 northeastern growers and NRCS staff have attended on-farm workshops aimed at improving growers’ ability to earn financial incentives for managing pests in ways that protect the environment.



February 2, 2008 Resistance Is Futile

… or at least diminished, thanks to reduced-area treatments on potatoes. Entomologist Andrei Alyokhin led a team of researchers who reduced the amount of imidocloprid used on potato crops, treating only selected areas on the perimeter of the field.