What is an Integrated Pest Management Program?
Pesticides on the groundwater list must be applied as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program from Department approved source. "Department approved sources" include:
- the current "Cranberry Chart Book " published by the University of Massachusetts
- IPM Practices for Vegetable Management - the Partners with Nature book,
- UMass Extension generated factsheets which outline IPM practices specific to the pest problem.
- IPM Programs specifically developed to meet the requirements of the Groundwater Protection Regulations. Currently there is only one for anthracnose management on turf
The Department does not require the submission of IPM plans for approval. Instead the applicator should maintain a copy of their IPM program in their records . The plan should be specific to the pest problem requiring management with the Zone II chemical. The plan information should include:
- The name of the applicator
- The location (Zone II and property) and dates of the application
- A problem statement which outlines the reason for using the pesticide product on the Groundwater Protection List;
- An account of the method used by the applicator to identify the problem. Any laboratory diagnosis of the pest problem must also be maintained.
- An account of the IPM measures that have been taken to manage the problem.
- A letter or statement from the appropriate University of Massachusetts agroecology team member stating that there is no viable alternative to the use of product on the Groundwater Protection List to control the particular pest problem.