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1-800 Number Kicks Off Growing Season

Posted: June 22, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Christmas tree growers and agricultural crop producers from across the state can find the latest pest and pest management information by dialing the Pennsylvania IPM Program’s 1-800 PENN IPM toll-free hotline (814-863-9393 out of state).
European Corn Borer

European Corn Borer

Callers to the hotline can receive information such as recent phermone trap capture counts for their region, up-to-date disease development information, as well as tips on pest management tactics from the Pennsylvania IPM Program. 

IPM, or integrated pest management, aims to manage pests -- such as insects, diseases, weeds and animals -- by combining physical, biological and chemical tactics that are safe, profitable and environmentally compatible.

Information on such crops as Christmas trees, sweet corn, tomatoes and other vegetables are included on the hotline. Messages on the automated hotline are updated frequently during the growing season -- sometimes as often as daily during critical management periods -- and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pest management specialists from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn State's Departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Penn State Cooperative Extension contribute their time and expertise to keep the information current and useful.

The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and urban situations. For more information, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or Web site http://paipm.cas.psu.edu.