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IPM - Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy which encourages beneficial insects to help control harmful pests in commercial crops.

Harmful pests are kept below a threshold limit where they have only an minor affect on crop quality and yield.

Ladybird huntingIPM is seen as the "way of the future" as it addresses growing public awareness of the health risks from applying strong chemicals to control insect pests on food crops.

IPM considers all growing and cultural practices that could affect the pest population. By changing the way crops are grown, the overall number of pests can be controlled. 

Integrated Pest Management is a central theme in crop production around the world and promises to address community concerns over misuse of pesticides.

The move toward IPM in Australian vegetable crops is still fairly recent but there are already some success stories

IPM is a process of continual improvement but is not yet widely practiced due mainly to community demand for produce with ZERO insects ... even beneficial ones.

IPM can become part of a fully integrated farm management system beginning with management strategies for a single key insect pest, usually after conventional insecticides have failed to adequately

Once successful strategies are developed for the major pest, the focus shifts on to controlling other pests. 

IPM Technologies led by Dr Paul Horne, is the principal provider of IPM services in Victoria

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