We practice Integrated Pest Management practices on our farm. What is IPM or Interegrated Pest Management? According to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency: IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the lifecycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
We scout our fields on a regular basis to see if there are beneficial insects to help us remain economically viable and use biological controls whenever warranted. We practice crop rotation and use cover crops to add important nutrients back into our soil. We have soil samples done annually so only the correct amount of nutrients are applied, alleviating any groundwater contamination.
We believe to remain good stewards of the land, we must practice good agricultural practices and provide a safe and viable product for our community.