A Pilot Project on Integrated Pest Management Certification in Cotton

Shashank S. Nilakhe


A cotton integrated pest management (IPM) task force was formed to develop IPM guidelines for use in cotton production. The feasibility of these guidelines was tested on one farmer's Upland and Pima cotton by asking the farmer to maintain records on the degree of IPM practiced. A point system was developed to determine if the farmer had followed guidelines to a sufficient degree to have his crop approved as "IPM-certified." The farmer's records were examined after crop harvest. In an "actual" IPM certification program, this farmer would have had received IPM certification because he scored sufficient points to meet the minimum requirement for certification. The study showed that the guidelines were practical, however, fine-tuning is essential. These guidelines could serve as a cornerstone for launching cotton IPM certification program.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 973 - 974
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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