Accelerating the Adoption of IPM Systems in the Mid-Columbia Region of Oregon and Washington (EPA Region 10 2006-01)
Integrated Fruit Production Network (IFPnet) began providing advanced IPM disease/pest models to accurately determine when to apply pesticides. Orchard growers use a network of 95 weather stations located orchards in the Mid-Columbia region of Oregon and Washington and a web-based interface (www.ifpnet.com). The Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development Council (Wy'East) began operation of the IFPnet in the spring of 2002 and now used by over 200 growers. Products delivered through IFPnet include decision-making tools for pest/disease models, frost and wind speed notification system. The impact of IFPnet as a holistic systems approach to sustainable agriculture assists in the reduction of organophosphates pesticides to benefit water quality, endangered species and human health. The growers will reduce the use of organophosphate pesticides and replace them with biopesticides or less toxic pesticides, as well as reduce the overall amount of pesticides applied. Wy’East will use the IFPnet program to foster outreach education through grower workshops, tours and personalized assistance. Wy'East will continue to bring IFPnet to meet the customers’ needs by providing a means for data collection and data analysis through on-site weather stations and their personal computers.
While progress has been made to reduce the use and the amount of organophosphate pesticides affecting water quality and endangered species more can be accomplish.
Project goals and objectives
•Increase by 70 customers or 31% that will use IFPnet to make decisions to implements IPM practices by March 2008.
•The acres under an IPM/IFP plan will amount to 19,200 acres or 80% of the 24,000 acres in commercial orchards by 2008.
158 growers now use IPM systems in their fruit orchards through a network of 147 remote weather stations and a web-based interface that allows them to use degree day models to better time pesticide applications and other pest control tactics. The IFPnet system grew from 97 weather stations to 147 stations during this project. Local growers, chemical dealers and packing houses now contribute about $58,000/year for operations and maintenance.