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Almond growers rely on pest control advisers for integrated pest management

  • Author(s): Brodt, Sonja;
  • Zalom, Frank;
  • Krebill-Prather, Rose;
  • Bentley, Walt;
  • Pickel, Carolyn;
  • Connell, Joseph;
  • Wilhoit, Larry;
  • Gibbs, Marcia
  • et al.

A comprehensive survey of full-time almond growers in the three primary almond-producing regions of California showed that growers rely substantially on pest control advisers (PCAs) for pest management decision-making. Independent PCAs communicated more frequently with growers than PCAs who are employed by agricultural product suppliers. Growers who use independent PCAs tend to feel more knowledgeable about integrated pest management (IPM) and report the use of more complex pest-monitoring techniques and control practices. The use of insecticide sprays, however, is independent of the type of PCA employed, and the percentage of growers using them has declined substantially since a 1985 survey.

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