What Is IPM
Although IPM is an acronym for Integrated Pest Management, it means more than that to us. Developed in the 1930’s, different people have come up with various definitions for IPM. But here at ABS, we define IPM as the systematic utilization of crop-friendly and healthy practices solely based on a natural ideology that implores the combination of soft pesticides, and biological control of pest to boost crop vitality and in turn result in high yields. At ABS, we channel most of our resources towards this unique strategy for control of pests because we believe the more natural it is, the safer.
Cultural & Prevention
Management of pests by manipulation of the environment. Weed control, crop rotation and plant selection.
Climate control, hygiene, sticky traps and other physical solutions to minimize pest problems.
Using insects in a preventative or curative way to give long lasting protection against several pests.
In curative way, using chemical pesticide as the last option.
Where does IPM Stands
Integrated pest management (IPM) is not organic nor is it natural, in IPM you are allowed to use chemical pesticides in different forms and applications but IPM does not rely heavily on pesticides sprays as the only pest control option. IPM is safe for beneficial insects and pollinators. With a good IPM program, reliance of pesticide is greatly reduced. A good IPM program has three components:
Identifying & Monitoring
You have to know what is happening in your field before you can make good management decisions. Never classify an organism as a pest or treat it as a pest until it is clearly identified. you should scout your crops on a regular basis to identify and monitor the pest population before resulting damage or losses. Scouting is, in fact, the key feature of any IPM program.
Tactics & Approach Selection
Ability to select an effective, practical, economical and environmental friendly approach is important. The presence of a pest does not always mean you need to get rid of them instantly. The cost of control must be justified or else time and money are wasted. A number of economic concepts are helpful in determining the control threshold.
Record Keeping & Evaluating
It is very important to record and evaluate the result of your control efforts. This will help you to understand how well your IPM strategies work and their cost impact as well. Good records are a guide if the same problem reoccurs.
IPM Implemented by Koppert
Global Market Leader in Biological Crop Protection
Success Integrated Pest Management Growers
'The question isn't whether we'll use them, but how,' according to Brockhoff and his employee Bart van de Wetering, who specializes in crop protection.
Agrosol Export, Spain
Agrosol Export started using Ulti-Mite Swirski straight after its market launch. The company is extremely pleased with the results so far, adding to the list of successful biological solutions for controlling thrips and whitefly.
’I started to check the efficacy of Trianum-P on one hectare. I soon saw that the results were excellent! No fusarium, no rhizoctonia, many healthy roots which resulted in many healthy, thicker leaves. The results were really better than when I used chemicals,’