The integrated pest management principles and guidelines, which have been in force since 1 January 2014, strongly advise the use of all possible and available measures to keep pest populations at safe levels. In Poland, integrated pest management principles and methods rely on interdisciplinary measures requiring the cooperation of specialists across many disciplines, such as entomology, phytopathology, agriculture, soil science and others. In addition, in line with the principles of IPM, pests must be monitored using appropriate methods and tools, if available. The range of tools includes field monitoring and warning, forecasting and early detection systems based on solid scientific evidence, their use, where possible, as well as consulting services provided by people with relevant professional qualifications.
The purpose of guides is to highlight the importance of forecasting in modern plant protection, which is based on knowledge and observations to predict the emergence of crop diseases and pests.
Bearing in mind the environmental protection requirements and consumer pressures, measures aimed at limiting the number of chemical pest control treatments while maintaining their maximum efficacy are essential. A poorly-timed treatment will not be cost-effective and cause the growers to incur plant protection expenses without the certainty of saving their crops while needlessly contaminating the environment with pesticide residues. Determining the best application is a daunting task. It requires knowledge of disease development and disease severity assessment, pest biology and pest population size assessment, as well as access to basic tools to support advisors and farmers. Such tools range from the very simple, such as the insect collecting net, the yellow pan water trap, the colored sticky board or the pheromone trap, as well as the more sophisticated, such as computer software aiding the termination of the best treatment time and automated weather stations.
This guide for agricultural advisors and growers is hoped to improve knowledge about crop pests, and disseminate methods for determining the best times for plant protection treatments with proper account taken of economic harm levels, and the need to improve the effectiveness and safety of chemical protection.
Project implemented as part of tasks 1.5
Multiannual Program of the IPP-NRI for 2016-2020
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