Apple production in the Midwest requires very intensive, chemically-based pest management systems in order to bring quality, fresh market apples to consumers. Current systems of apple pest management have become ineffective and have fallen out of favor with growers, due to a combination of rising costs, pest resistance, and government regulation. New pest control methods must meet several criteria in order to be adopted by growers,such as adequate pest control, applicator safety, minimal environmental impact, and above all, economic viability. In this study, four apple pest management systems were compared for control of codling moth, apple scab, and sooty blotch and flyspeck (SBFS).
Iowa State University
Sisson, Adam; Gleason, Mark L.; and Batzer, Jean C., "New Methods of Integrated Pest Management for Apple Orchards in the Midwest" (2008). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 697.