Introduction to IPM
Pests pose a significant threat to the productivity and output of horticultural crops. IPM is an approach used to manage pests and involves a range of control options.
 
IPM considers the whole crop system and is based on a broad range of agronomic, monitoring, physical and biological techniques. Targeted chemical control is an option when other approaches are unsuccessful or when a pest issue has surpassed an acceptable threshold.
 
Reliance on any one crop protection method can lead to pest evolution and resistance, resulting in the eventual failure of that method. IPM therefore offers the grower a “toolbox” of pest control options from which to select the most suitable tactic for any given situation.

Introduction to the Survey
This survey is part of a PhD project that aims to establish which IPM strategies are being used on horticultural crops in Ireland at present.
 
The project will examine the impact of crop protection practices on the economic and environmental sustainability of crop farming. The aim is to establish which techniques Irish growers are using to manage their specific crop protection issues, including chemical and non-chemical approaches.
 
For the purposes of this survey, crop protection refers to diseases, weeds and insect pests.
 
This project is jointly supported by Teagasc and the University of Warwick and funded by the Walsh Scholarship Programme. 

All replies will be anonymised and kept confidential and will be deleted / destroyed at the end of the project. The survey should take no more than 3 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your time and input.
If you are happy to be contacted by me to discuss your results, please provide an email address.
Jennifer.byrne@teagasc.ie

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* 1. What are the main horticultural crops grown on your farm? Please provide an approximate area for each.

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* 2. Is your farming system

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* 3. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) includes five components. Please choose the option(s) that you use on your horticultural crops.

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* 4. If you don’t use Biological controls, please choose the option(s) that apply?

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* 5. If you don’t use Mechanical, Physical and Natural controls, please choose the option(s) that apply?

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* 6. If you don’t use Decision Support and Forecast Systems, please choose the option(s) that apply?

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* 7. If you don’t use Agronomic practices as a control, please choose the option(s) that apply?

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* 8. From where do you get your pest control advice?

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