Providing an IPM advisory service for Tasmania
The main aim of this project was to demonstrate commercial Integrated Pest Management in a range of glasshouse and outdoor vegetable crops in Tasmania. It commenced with a series of workshops to explain what was involved with IPM and to identify people who wanted to trial an IPM approach in commercial crops. This report provides the results of a project that trained interested farmers and agronomists in Tasmania in the use of integrated pest management (IPM). It achieved this by a combination of training workshops followed by on-farm demonstrations. This approach allowed the development of understanding of the principles of IPM, the factors involved in an IPM strategy for any particular crop and then the adoption on farm. This participatory research was a key element in the project and was responsible for a significant adoption of IPM by vegetable growers and agronomy companies.