Integrated Pest Management


damaged and undamaged tomatoesIntegrated Pest Management, or IPM, is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods, to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment.

N.C. State University Biological Control Information Center
This site answers many common biological pest control questions (What is it? What are the advantages? How can I use it?). The resources also address other topics including biocontrol in greenhouses, pesticide compatibility, beneficial insects and more.

N.C. State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic
The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at N.C. State University provides disease diagnostic and insect identification services to help growers produce healthy plants and crops. Extension specialists from Plant Pathology, Entomology, Horticultural Science, Crop Science and Soil Science diagnose problems on the samples received.

North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual
This manual provides growers, Extension personnel, researchers and other agricultural professionals with the most up-to-date information available on the selection, application, and safe and proper use of agricultural chemicals. The online version is updated as changes in recommendations occur throughout the year.

North Carolina Pest Management Information Program
The program serves as an information resource on current agricultural pest management practices, problems and issues relevant to North Carolina. Timely, science-based pest management and pesticide information is available.

Gallery of Tomato Diseases, Insects and Physiological Disorders
This appendix of the Commercial Production of Staked Tomatoes in the Southeast guide will help growers identify the source of many of their tomato plant problems. N.C. State University provides photo examples associated with a wide variety of symptoms and diseases of tomatoes.

Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit
This toolkit is an educational resource to teach pesticide safety to Spanish-speaking agricultural workers with limited formal education. The toolkit was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for federal Worker Protection Standard worker training requirements. Toolkits are available in Spanish and English for a variety of crops, including tomatoes.

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