Checklists are a guide to help you improve your IPM performance. To use them effectively:
- Review the checklist(s) for your crop(s) and delete practices that do not apply to your operation. These may include actions for pests not present in your area, or cultural practices not applicable to your soil type or production system.
- Add IPM practices recommended for your operation in your region that are not already listed. Check with your Cooperative Extension agent or private consultant for suggestions.
- Develop an IPM Plan to identify the most important factors for a profitable season. List the most important actions you will take to optimize those factors. Review the IPM checklists and highlight practices addressing those factors, then give those your highest priority.
- As you complete each practice, assign yourself points up to the maximum listed for that practice. For example, if you complete a practice worth a total of 10 points on only half of your acreage, assign yourself 5 points for that practice.
Start small. Test any new practices before implementing them fully. It's more important to do a good job on a few top-priority practices than to do a mediocre job on a lot of them.