Michigan Fruit Management Guide (E0154)
November 11, 2015 - Author: John Wise
Much effort goes into the planning of an effective, economical, and environmentally sound fruit pest management program. A successful pest management schedule must be based on a basic knowledge and understanding of:
(1) The biology of the crop and its annual growth habits during the growing season;
(2) The biology of the insects, diseases, nematodes and weeds that will be encountered, and their life cycle during the growing season;
(3) The susceptibility of the different kinds and varieties of fruit to pests and pesticides;
(4) The environmental conditions that will favor the pest(s) injuring the fruit crops; and
(5) The cultural, biological, and chemical control strategies that need to be used to optimize the economical production of the fruit.
This publication is only intended to guide and assist the fruit grower in the selection of pesticides as he or she plans the best possible pest control program for the growing season. The insects and diseases listed in the following spray calendars are not always present or economically important in all fruit plantings each year. Thus, during any single growing season, each grower has to adjust the pest control program to fit the specific conditions observed during the past growing seasons and the conditions encountered during the present growing season.