Determination of Factors that Contribute to Alasa Farm’s Significantly Lower Pesticide Costs when Compared to the Area Average as Reported in Cornell’s 1992 Fruit Business Summary

Project Overview

FNE94-045
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1994: $1,935.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1995
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Chris Edmonds
Alasa Farms

Commodities

  • Fruits: general tree fruits

Practices

  • Pest Management: general pest management

    Proposal summary:

    I have found that at Alasa Farms in my 1992 pesticide cost per acre are $120. The 1992 Cornell Fruit Business Summary shows the same pesticide costs as an average of 22 farms at $287. I want to determine why my pesticide costs are significantly lower and if the quality of Alasa apples is lower than the farms studied by Cornell. If the quality of Alasa IPM apples is similar to the others, than I would like to publish the results to show other growers where they might make changes in their pesticide program to reduce the amount of chemicals applied per acre.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.