Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Pest prevention is a critical tactic for specialty crop producers. The High Tunnel Pest Exclusion (HTPE) system is aimed at reducing the entry of large insect pests. It has worked well to stop leaffooted bugs, stink bugs, armyworms, loopers, and hornworms. This video provides basic information about a pest exclusion system using shade cloths that is suitable for high tunnel vegetable producers. The video also has producer testimonials showing the usefulness of this integrated pest management (IPM) tactic.
Before deciding on exclusion fabric, contact Ayanava Majumdar at 251-331-8416 for more information. Producers in Alabama should also contact an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture regional agent for help with correctly identifying pest issues and then developing an IPM plan. To learn more visit the Southern SARE website. Many thanks to Southern SARE program for funding research and producer participation in demonstration activities.