Field Crop and Vegetable IPM TAg Teams for Amish in SWNY 2006
Project Leaders: D. Sprague, Extension Resource Educator, Field and Forage Crops, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties; J. Petzen, Extension Issue Leader, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties
Cooperators: A. Seaman, Western New York Vegetable IPM Area Extension Educator; J. Dennis, Western New York State Livestock and Field Crops Area IPM Educator; Local Amish Leaders and Local Agribusinesses serving the Amish Community
Abstract: Tactical Agriculture Teams (TAg) are learning groups consisting of growers, agri-business personnel and extension field staff who meet over the course of the season to share information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles and practices. TAg Teams allow hands-on observation and training, and are effective tools for teaching IPM and improved crop cultural practices. The demand and market for fresh vegetables in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties has prompted some Amish farms to convert some of their field crop acreage to fresh vegetable production. This has created a need for these farms to understand production and pest management practices for both field crops and vegetable crops. It has also created the challenge of balancing field crop production requirements with the enhanced income potential from fresh market vegetable production for the farm.