- About the BC Blueberry Council
- Crop Management
What is IPM and how do Blueberry Growers Use It?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision-making process for managing pests (of all types) in agriculture in an economic and environmentally friendly way. An IPM program in blueberries involves the following steps:
- Monitoring fields for pests on a regular basis.
- Identifying pests and their natural enemies (predators and parasitoids) in individual fields and quantifying their numbers of damage.
- Using thresholds to determine whether pest control is warranted. The decision to control a pest is based on the value of potential crop loss, the cost of the control measure, and the impact on the environment and non-target organisms (pollinators and other wildlife).
- Using a combination of techniques to control pests such as cultural controls (pruning, mulching), biological controls (beneficial insects or microorganisms) and chemical controls (pesticides) to reduce pest populations to acceptable levels.
- Evaluating the results of pest control measures to determine if they were effective.
The BC Blueberry Council is a strong supporter of Integrated Pest Management and Crop Management practices for the industry. Currently funded and past-funded projects include:
- Blueberry IPM Newsletter (2006 to present): a weekly pest monitoring update based on field monitoring in all regions of the Fraser Valley, produced by E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. and available to all growers.
- Annual sponsor of the Small Fruit Update, a weekly newsletter for the Northwest berry industry that features regional crop reports and pest management updates, produced by the Northwest Berry Foundation.
- Field Guide To Identification of Insect Pests, Diseases, and other Disorders in Blueberries, a photo resource for growers and field consultants to identify insects, diseases and beneficial insects in their fields.
- Managing Extreme Heat with Reflective Tarps in the Blueberry Industry, a demonstration project for growers and packers.
- Free Scorch and Shock Virus testing for blueberry growers
- Pest Management and Vole Management Outreach videos