Farm Friday || Francisco Torres – IPM || WP Rawl
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Farm Friday || Francisco Torres – IPM || WP Rawl

Hi, my name is Francisco Torres. I am the Crop Specialist at Walter P. Rawl & Sons here in Pelion, South Carolina. So, IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management It’s a combination of practices dedicated to the control of insects, diseases, and weeds that attack and damage crops. It’s a combination of biological, cultural, and chemical methods that are basically used in a combination to help control pests that attack the crops. In general, safer working conditions and safer pest control. And there’s also a less dependency on the use of pesticides. You also learn– or have to basically be wise on the use of pesticides to make the IPM program successful. You also grow healthier crops and you help, basically, your sustainability– you basically improve it. You also– care for the environment– for the environment, basically– becomes healthier–or you help to make it healthier basically take care of the environment with an IPM program. With the biological control method–or practice– you basically rely on natural enemies that attack pests that we encounter here. So basically help them thrive out here by introducing less pesticides into the environment– or into our local environement– and basically help them thrive, so they can help us out control and maintain the balance of the pest population that way you don’t really have too many outbreaks or huge problems with pests. So, in that regard with the biological practice we care for the environment because the environment helps us out. This right here is basically an ecosystem– I guess you can say it that way–for um natural beneficial insects or any type of insects to come out here to basically make a small ecosystem that will help us in managing pests. We grow flowers here–wildflowers– to basically create an ecosystem for for all types of insects like bees, bumblebees, ladybugs, and many, many insects that are attracted to this type of areas that we have throughout the farm. I think that we would have many problems with controlling pests and it would hurt us a lot in our capacity to be sustainable. By not having an IPM program, you basically don’t know how to manage your pesticide applications. So, you basically create a higher risk of depending more on pesticides and pesticide usage. And, well that can be harmful to the environment and to anybody that’s out here working with us. It would also be pretty damaging to– like I mentioned already– the different beneficial insects that help us out. We would have to basically rely more on spraying and that affects economic and environmental aspects of the whole program.

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