Evaluating Pest Management Practices to Reduce Health and Environmental Risk
When a pesticide is needed, choosing least-hazardous options is a key component of IPM. Data and tools needed to fully evaluate potential impacts and tradeoffs across chemical and non-chemical management options are not readily available to the pesticide user. Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (PRiME), a new, online tool developed by the IPM Institute and project partners with support from USDA, EPA Region V, Unilever, General Mills and others, allows growers, crop and IPM consultants and others to evaluate crop- and site-specific risks to human health and the environment. The IPM Institute will test the beta version of PRiME with potato growers in the Northwest and relay identified pesticide use patterns, missing products and other user feedback to the tool’s development team for incorporation in the advanced version of PRiME available in fall 2010.
Project goals and objectives
(1) Two PRiME presentations;
(2) Beta testing with at least 30 potential users;
(3) List of additional pesticide use patterns (and corresponding adjustment factors) identified during beta testing;
(4) Refined toxicology databases;
5) Detailed list of comments and specific suggestions made by beta testers and presentation audiences for implementation in fall 2010.
An efficient, user-friendly and economically sustainable tool for farmers, advisors, program managers, policy makers and others to fully evaluate pesticide options for impacts on health, environment and economics, and to improve the quality and quantity of IPM by facilitating implementation of practices that prevent and minimize pest pressure, and mitigate the impact of pesticide applications.