Northeast SARE Project Report
Natural Pest Management in New York High Tunnel and Greenhouse Structures
High tunnel and greenhouse vegetable production (protected culture) offer high returns and season-long market capture for Northeast vegetable farmers. Alternatives to chemical pest control are sought. Biological methods such as predatory insects, resistant varieties and microbial fungicides are needed for several reasons:
- Persistence, degradation and proper rates of field pesticides in protected culture have not been well researched or documented.
- A growing number of small operations that are using greenhouse and high tunnel technology depend on family labor, including children.
- Unless biological methods are employed, the unique set of pests and diseases in these settings would require small-scale growers to apply highly specific, unfamiliar chemical pesticides with high cost for relatively low acreage.
This 2007 Research and Education Grant, awarded to Cornell University, studied the use of predatory insects, resistant varieties and microbial fungicides.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNE07-262, Natural pest management in New York high tunnel and greenhouse vegetables.
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