Comparative Benefit Cost Of IPM And Conventional Pest Management In Potatoes
Crisping growers of South Australia and other parts of Australia have been progressive in their adoption of IPM philosophy and techniques. Chemical usage has changed from routine sprays as insurance covers in conventional management to usage only when there is a threat of economic loss. Adoption of IPM has had a positive impact on the crisping crops in SA. There has been no discernable loss in terms of yield or quality of potatoes harvested but there have been savings through reduced insecticide use. In this analysis of conventional pest management vs IPM, the benefits of IPM far out-weigh the costs to both the grower and to the wider community.