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What is integrated pest management?

Integrated pest management
Written by Jan-Paul de Wit | Last update: 18-6-2021

Consumers are increasingly interested in organically grown products. Issues such as sustainability, the environment and food safety also play an increasingly important role in their purchasing decisions. The use of biological crop protection responds to this. But sometimes biological crop protection alone is not enough. Many growers therefore opt for integrated crop protection, which makes a combination of biological and chemical crop protection. This combination counteracts the development of resistance, so that the limited range of chemicals remains effective for as long as possible.

The purpose of integrated pest management

The aim of integrated pest management is to prevent resistance to chemical plant protection products, so that the limited chemical product range remains effective for as long as possible. In addition, integrated pest management is less damaging to the environment than a full chemical pest management strategy. 

Step-by-step plan for integrated pest management

Integrated pest management consists of three steps:
  • Prevention: precautionary measures must be taken to prevent as much as possible diseases, pests and weeds in the crop. These include variety selection, crop rotation, company hygiene and good plant material, fertilisation, irrigation, catch crops, interbreeding and stimulating natural enemies
  • Observation: by collecting data and carrying out measurements, it is possible to determine whether biological crop protection is effective enough, or whether chemical crop protection needs to be considered. For this you can use sticky traps and soil samples. 
  • Intervention: if the observations show that intervention is necessary, chemical crop protection must be used. 

Starting with integrated pest management

If you want to start with integrated pest management, it is important that you first map out the total situation of diseases and pests in your crop together with a specialist. Together with you, the specialist will then develop an integrated crop protection strategy. This means that not only biological and chemical crop protection products are used, but also products in the field of disinfection, growth regulation and modern application equipment. It is about an overall concept, where each component must be properly handled in order to make the crop protection strategy a success.

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Tailored advice

Integrated pest management requires a great deal of knowledge from the grower. It is important that he can identify diseases and pests at an early stage, so that the first step of the step-by-step plan (prevention) can play a major role. If you want to make use of integrated crop protection, it is therefore important that you get good advice. 

More information about integrated pest management

Do you have any questions about integrated pest management, or would you like advice? Then contact one of our crop protection specialists, or ask your question using the form below. We'll respond within 24 hours on working days.

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Jan-PaulAbout Jan-Paul de Wit

Jan-Paul de Wit is specialist in Integrated Pest Management. He helps and advices growers on how to improve their crops and how to fight diseases, viruses and pests. He advises on the best products to use so that they optimally match the objectives of the grower, as well as the crop, greenhouse and environment.

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