Minnesotans who grow apples at home have to combat many insect pests and diseases to produce a good crop. Many apple growers reduce their use of pesticides, while still harvesting quality fruit, through a set of practices known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM includes a combination of pest management techniques including monitoring for pest problems, removing diseased or infested plant material from the area, and many other cultural control techniques. Pesticide sprays are used in IPM only when necessary, and gardeners may choose from conventional or organic spray options.
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Hahn, Jeffrey D.; Grabowski, Michelle; MacKenzie, Jill.
Pest management for the home apple orchard.
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