D0388 Assessing IPM adoption of processing tomato growers

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Exhibit Hall 3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
James Jasinski , IPM Program, The Ohio State University, Urbana, OH
Carol Pilcher , IPM Program, Iowa State University, Wentzville, MO
Richard Weinzierl , Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Mohammad Babadoost , Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Elizabeth Maynard , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Chris Gunter , Purdue University, Westville, IN
Celeste Welty , Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Brad Bergefurd , Extension, The Ohio State University, Piketon, OH
Janice Leboeuf , Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Ridgetown, ON, Canada
Elaine Roddy , Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Ridgetown, ON, Canada
The Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group project committee developed a survey to assess the level of IPM adoption by grower's of processing tomatoes in the Midwest and Ontario, Canada. The survey was arranged in nine sections and available to growers through the Internet and in hard copy format at certain vegetable educational meetings from January, 2006 to May, 2007. There were 44 respondents from Indiana, four from Michigan, 28 from Ohio, and 22 from Ontario, Canada. Of the 98 respondents to the survey, zero growers were classified as low IPM adopters, 59 growers were classified as moderate IPM adopters, and 39 growers were classified as high IPM adopters based on the number of practices and tactics used in their overall production operation. The responses were analyzed using SPSS. Profiles for typical moderate and high level IPM adopters were developed. Any clear practice deficiencies found within the grower population will be used to guide future research projects and Extension programs.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.36713