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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Checklists

All about IPM Checklists and How to Get Started

This section can help you decide which IPM practices work to cut costs, improve quality & increase profits in your operation. When used correctly, IPM can help you reduce pest populations to an acceptable level by intervening in the production process only when the benefits outweigh the costs and by using the least disruptive practices.

Click the links below for more information on IPM checklists.


1. What is an IPM Checklist?
2. How to Use the IPM Checklists
3. IPM Checklists to Print and Use
4. For More Information

1. What is an IPM Checklist?
IPM practices are represented in the checklists. The more checklist items you can apply in your operation, the more you will benefit from IPM.

Some IPM practices are common to most operations, such as calibrating all sprayers at least once per season. However, most IPM practices are business specific and most IPM practices that work in one crop are not applicable in others. That is why there are separate checklists for different crops and production systems (i.e. potato vs. tomato crops, fresh vs. processing crops, greenhouse vs. field grown plants).

Also IPM practices are region specific. Pests and other challenges to optimum production vary from state to state, and even from region to region within a state. For this reason, not all checklist practices listed for your crop will be applicable to your operation. Other practices, not included here, should be considered to customize the checklist for your conditions. Review the checklists provided here with your Cooperative Extension agent or private consultant before implementing any practices you are not certain apply to your business.

The checklists may be photocopied for your personal use. However, they may not be published or sold.

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2. How to Use the IPM Checklists
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.
Remember: 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.


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3. IPM Checklists to Print and Use
IPM Checklists are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may obtain it free from Adobe. Just click the icon below to download.

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You can view all of IPM Checklists in one document by downloading the document called "All IPM Checklists" in the list below. You can also download individual checklists.

All IPM Checklists Potatoes
Apples Pumpkins and Winter Squash
Beets Raspberries
Blueberries Snap Beans
Carrots Strawberries
Cauliflower Sweet Cherries
Cole Crops Sweet Corn: Fresh Market
Cranberries Sweet Corn: Processing
Dry Beans Tomatoes: Field Grown
Peas Tomatoes: Greenhouse

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4. For More Information
These IPM Checklists are adapted from IPM practices specified by Massachusetts Cooperative Extension "Partners with Nature" and Cornell Cooperative Extension IPM Elements programs. Both of these programs designate a set of production practices that growers must follow to earn the right to market their products as IPM grown. For more information, see the New York State IPM Elements web site at the following URL:

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