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Disease Management Strategies for Horticultural Crops

By Janna Beckerman

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www.btny.purdue.edu When confronted with a disease, many homeowners and landscape professionals say they prefer to use organic products because they are more environmentally friendly. Others say they just want to use a product that works, regardless of the ecological impact. Many organic fungicide products can satisfy the needs of both groups in one container, providing effective control with minimal ecological impact. However, improperly using any chemical (organic or otherwise) will result in poor control and may harm non-target organisms. This publication offers strategies for properly using organic fungicides and describes various kinds of these products. Plant Health Management Effectively using organic fungicides (or any fungicide for that matter) requires a solid plant health management strategy. A traditional integrated pest management (IPM) program focuses solely on the pest or pathogen. However, good plant health management focuses more on the actual plant, including: • Identifying the right plant for the site

Year: 2012
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