This is a comprehensive guide for commercial vegetable growers with information on current production and pest management techniques for vegetable crops.
A 55 page comprehensive pest identification guide that can be carried to the field to better identify pests and select appropriate management measures. It contains color photos of all of the insects, diseases, and weeds that are described in the regions various Vegetable Management Recommendations, including photos of weeds at the seedling stage and disease symptoms on different crops.
The goal of this handbook is to help growers identify the diseases they see in their cucurbit crops, use preventative practices as effectively as possible, and develop a more complete understanding of how to design a spray program to address all these different diseases.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic approach to pest management that considers all factors affecting crop health, including plant nutrition, horticultural practices, and all suitable means of pest suppression.
This manual is intended to help the reader understand more about soils—some of the basics about what happens in the soil and how it impacts crops, and also to offer some insight on soil and nutrient management practices and how they affect soils, crop productivity and profit.
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