Integrated Pest Management project
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a balanced, tactical approach in managing diseases, insects, weeds, and other pests using a wide range of pest control strategies or tactics. It involves taking action to anticipate pest outbreaks and to prevent potential damage to crops. The goal of this strategy is not eradication but to prevent pests from reaching economically or aesthetically damaging levels with the least risk to the environment. IPM programs are very site-specific. IPM is based on the identification of pests, accurate measurement of pest populations, assessment of damage levels, and knowledge of available pest management strategies or tactics that enable the grower to make intelligent decisions in controlling pests.
The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board is working with two vignerons and Mary Retallack from Eco Vineyards to establish two IPM demonstration sites in vineyards on Kangaroo Island. These sites will use locally-adapted, native insectary plants to provide benefits including weed suppression, erosion control, nutrient cycling, soil water retention, improved soil organic carbon and biological activity to the vineyards. Native insectary plants will established around their vineyards, to help growers save time and resources by producing healthy grapes, with lower pest incidence while at the same time, enhancing the resilience and biodiversity of their vineyard.
This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Eco Vineyards (website)
Manager Sustainable Landscapes
35 Dauncey Street, Kingscote SA
08 8553 2476