Bound Book/eBook

Emily Pochubay
Tree Fruit IPM Extension Educator
Michigan State University

Wilson, Julianna*1, , Carroll, Juliet2, , Pochubay, Emily3, , Agnello, Arthur4, , William, Shane5,
1 Tree Fruit Integrator, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48823
2 Fruit IPM Coordinator, Cornell University, , ,
3 Tree Fruit IPM Extension Educator, Michigan State University, , ,
4 Tree Fruit Entomologist, Cornell University, , ,
5 Tree Fruit Educator, Michigan State University, , ,

Stone Fruit IPM for Beginners was a collaborative project among Extension specialists and educators from Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the Great Lakes Fruit Workers, a working group of the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, to provide new cherry, plum, peach, and nectarine fruit growers and scouts in the Great Lakes Region with science-based integrated pest management (IPM) information. This book consists of 32 chapters with illustrations and pictures in full color that provide the concepts and fundamentals of stone fruit IPM, a list of "Must Dos" such as determining a market for end product and equipment needed for production and scouting, scouting calendars that include pictures of crop development stages and the orchard pests and diseases relevant to each stage, as well as detailed information on how to scout for and manage specific pests and diseases. Chapters also offer specific considerations of how weather impacts pest and disease development, and how to use predictive pest and disease models, when they are available.

As a new generation of stone fruit growers join the specialty crops industry, a concise, thorough, and up-to-date reference was needed to provide this sector with science-backed production and sustainable pest management information. This 70-page book is available online, free of charge, as individual fact sheets or as a full book at A total of 500 hard copies of Stone Fruit IPM for Beginners were printed for distribution at regional grower meetings. This work was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program through the North Central IPM Center (2014-70006-22486).