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IPM Demonstrations in Peppers 2000

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Principle Investigator: Abby Seaman, Area Extension Educator, Vegetable IPM

Cooperators: Carol MacNeil and John Gibbons, Yates, Ontario, Wayne, and Steuben Muck Vegetable Program; Dick Dale, Agricultural Consulting Services, Don Sweet, Crop Advantage, Mike Hoffmann, Dept. of Entomology; Tom Zitter, Dept. of Plant Pathology


IPM procedures for peppers, developed in Connecticut, were demonstrated on three farms in western NY. Growers followed thresholds for aphids and European corn borer, and two of the growers planted a bacterial leaf spot (BLS)-resistant variety in the IPM portion of the field. Because the New England procedures use European corn borer (ECB) pheromone trap counts to time insecticide applications to control ECB, we also compared catches in traps located at the edge of pepper fields with catches from traps located near corn fields on the same farm.