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IPM - Alternatives to Disease Control

On alert for insect helpers and pests!

At Larse Farms, as part of our mission to produce high quality fresh strawberries our cultural practice includes Integrated Pest Management, a system to reduce the use of pesticides. We adhere to a constantly evolving IPM practice, a reduced impact cultural practice for effective prevention and control of pests. IPM is constant monitoring combined with a balanced decision making, which considers existing beneficial organisms along with acceptable and unacceptable levels of damage by pathogenic organisms which reside on the soil, plants and fruit during strawberry production.

From the period of initial pre-bud stage through the flowering and fruit harvest cycle pathogenic and benificial biological organisms are monitored and kept in check using chemical, biological and mechanical methods. Some times the crop economics require difficult decision making on the part of farm management including aggresive treatment of infestations. view more

Larse Farms Inc. is the sole producer of the Sweet Darling Strawberry. The operation under one management on five production sites adjacent to the cold California waters of the Pacific Ocean. This cool location is ideal for strawberries. It is this location that is habitat for the indigenous species Frageria Chiloensis, the "Beach Strawberry" which is a significant contributor to the gene pool of our current varieties.