Published in Good Fruit Grower
By Melissa Hansen, Washington State Wine Commission
March 1, 2016
Washington’s wine grape growers continue to enjoy benefits from integrated pest management (IPM) research, supported by the Washington State Wine Commission and conducted nearly a decade ago, that eliminated the need for organophosphate applications to control cutworm.
Washington grape growers reduced their use of pesticides by 80 percent from 1995 to 2005, according to a grower survey conducted by Washington State University, and today have few insect issues requiring insecticide applications.
The survey reflects the industry’s widespread adoption of a targeted approach to cutworms — and shows how a change in one area of pest management can affect others.
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