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Vegetable and potato pest management
Agriculture & Markets (AGM) CHAPTER 69, ARTICLE 11
§ 148-d. Vegetable and potato pest management. Within the integrated
pest management program, there shall be established a vegetable and
potato pest management program. Such program shall be conducted in such
a manner to achieve the following objectives:

1. determine the occurrence and severity of pest problems in
commercial fields, and identify the specific environmental factors
influencing these events. Document the current pesticide usage and
assess the effectiveness of current pest management practices;

2. determine accurate and time-efficient sampling procedures and
forecasting methods which can be utilized by private consultants or
through cooperative extension. Determine the economic relationship of
pest incidence to yield or quality loss. Develop non-pesticide methods
of pest management in the areas of cultural practices, biological
control and crop resistance. In addition the proper timing, selection
and use of pesticides will be integrated into the overall management

3. aid growers in executing the most optimal crop protection program
by providing them with timely reports on pest presence and population
density levels, forecasted pest occurrences, crop growth, weather and
other environmental information, and providing the most current
interpretation of the data;

4. increase efforts to educate growers in the principles and tactics
of integrated pest management and demonstrate the economic advantages of
such a program;

5. develop concepts, techniques, and cultivars for integration of pest
resistance with other management tactics in potato production (e.g. crop
rotation, biological control, optimum use of pesticides);

6. develop pest sampling procedures, sound action thresholds,
forecasting procedures, and economic data necessary for effective
decisions in use of pest resistant cultivars and other tactics for
management of pests;

7. demonstrate the benefits and reliability of improved pest
management tactics to the New York potato industry; and

8. monitor performance of the proposed integrated pest management
program during its initial phase of implementation by the potato