CANNABIS CULTURE – This is the second installment in a series on IPM (Integrated Pest Management). This article covers the core considerations of knowledge and resources, planning and organization, and communication.
Article 1 is found here.
Knowledge is half the battle
Pests are any living thing that is causing harm to something humans care about. Seeing holes chewed in a fan leaf or discoloration on a flower immediately tells you that something is wrong, that a pest may be present. But just knowing there is some kind of pest around is not enough. Why? Because every species that may interact with your plants has different biological characteristics that define its potential as a pest, how you can monitor them, and what you can and cannot do to effectively manage them.
Identifying and understanding your current and potential pests is the first important step in forming your integrated pest management (IPM) programs. Collect and identify organisms around your plants. Use reliable reference materials to identify them such as resources from state Extension services, the USDA, or websites like those of the American Phytopathological Society. For diseases and small insects, usually the help of an expert is needed. Refer to published surveys