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New guidelines for strawberry growers

Strawberry growers can find the latest information in a recent update of the strawberry pest management guidelines.

The guidelines highlight alternatives to soil fumigation with methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting chemical that is released into the environment. University and government agency researchers suggest using drip fumigation with combinations of chemicals that are less disruptive to the ozone layer to control soilborne pests and weeds. With drip fumigation, workers are not required to be in the field during application.

The revised strawberry pest management guidelines include information managing diseases, insects, mites, nematodes, and weeds with new monitoring guidelines and more environmentally friendly treatment choices for many major pests.

Year-round IPM programs and Pest Management Guidelines

A step-by-step "how to" for managing crops year round is available on the UC IPM Web site. The year-round plans give users better access to information in the UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines database to carry out a comprehensive IPM program that protects environmental quality.
The plans give growers a checklist of management activities for each crop, depending on the time of year, and include monitoring instructions and forms; pest and natural enemy photo identification pages; weed seedling identification pages; and considerations for reducing the impact on air and water quality. More in-depth information on managing pesticide resistance has been added to the Pest Management Guidelines.

Currently, plans are available for almonds, cotton, and prunes. Year-round plans for alfalfa, avocados, wine and raisin grapes, nectarines, peaches, plums, walnuts, strawberries, tomatoes, and pears are scheduled for release in 2006.

Find the year-round plans and the Pest Management Guidelines for specific crops under the agriculture and floriculture section of our Web site.

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