- Fruits: grapes
- Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research
- Pest Management: field monitoring/scouting, prevention
This project will continue an integrated pest management program (IPM) that Sonoma County Grape Growers started in 2000 to increase grower understanding of IPM and reduce the use of pesticides being reviewed under the Food Quality Protection Act. A team comprising growers, extension specialists and crop advisors will monitor pests and pest predators each week from bud break in April through August at four demonstration sites that employ low-risk management strategies. The data will be recorded, evaluated and shared with other growers during an integrated pest management field day in August. Information on pests, predators and pesticides will be summarized and reported in December so wine grape growers in Sonoma County and around the West can reduce pesticides and still economically control pests.