If you're transitioning to organic food crops or dairy production, there's new integrated pest management help just a computer click away. New York's Department of Ag and Markets is making available nine new organic production IPM guides for farmers.
The guides are in response to farmers requests for clear, research-based information, reports NYS Ag Commissioner Pat Hooker. They provide information on how to produce certified organic apples, blueberries, grapes, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and cole crops, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. And, there's also a new organic IPM guide for controlling dairy cattle pests. Download them from: nysipm.cornell.edu/organic_guide.
Cornell University experts contributed to the manuals, and expert organic farmers and veterinarians acted as reviewers. The result was peer-reviewed documents containing all current, relevant information about growing the particular crops.
The nine new guides join four organic guides written in 2009 for New York State processing vegetables. They covered carrots, peas, snap beans and cucurbits, which include winter squash and cucumbers.