Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Pest prevention is a critical tactic for specialty crop producers. The HTPE system is aimed at reducing the entry of large insect pests and has worked really well to stop leaffooted bugs, stink bugs, armyworms, loopers, and hornworms. If possible, please contact Dr. A (251-331-8416) for more information before deciding exclusion fabric. Producers in Alabama should contact a Commercial Horticulture Regional Extension Agent for identifying pest issues correctly and then developing an IPM plan. Visit the High Tunnel Pest Exclusion website on Southern SARE’s webpage. Many thanks to Southern SARE program for funding research and producer participation in demonstration activities.
This video provides a comparison regarding the effectiveness of HTPE system across two very different cropping season (2016 – a drought year, 2017 – a wet year with excessive rainfall).